AS IT HAPPENED: Father of released SA hostage thanks Zuma

2017-08-03 12:31

During a media briefing following the release of South African hostage Stephen McGown who was held captive in Mali for more tha five years, McGown's father has thanked President Jacob Zuma and his relationship with the President of Mali.

Follow News24 journalist Alex Mitchley live from the briefing.

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SA hostage in Mali released

Stephen McGown, a South African who has been held hostage in Mali for more than five years, has been released.

This was announced by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at a post-Cabinet lekgotla media briefing on Thursday.

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Family of SA hostage in Mali wants him out 'as quickly as possible'

The family of Stephen McGown, a South African who has been held hostage in Mali for five-and-a-half years, hopes that government will negotiate his release soon following a new proof-of-life video released by AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), an Islamist militant organisation.

"I know it's a combined effort from government and Imtiaz Sooliman (Gift of the Givers chair); I hope they get Stephen out as quickly as possible," Malcolm McGown, his father, told News24 on Monday.

McGown was abducted in November 2011 at a hostel in Timbuktu together with recently released Swedish national Johan Gustaffsson.

Malcom McGown said he spoke, via Skype, to Gustafsson who was released last week.

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