The family of kidnapped businessman, Liyaqat Parker (65), have appealed to his captors to please let him go.

The concerned family said in a statement on Tuesday: “Our father and brother is an elderly man so we also appeal to those who may be involved or know persons who may be connected with this crime, to just please release him unharmed before his health deteriorates. Liyaqat is a devoted family man, a known astute businessman who built up the business through sheer hard work over many years, a community worker and philanthropist, having served as a member of The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association for several years.”

Parker was kidnapped from the basement parking bay of his N1 City offices, at his place of work – he is the founder of the Foodprop Group. He was kidnapped by a group of five suspects at approximately 9.10am. The suspects forced the security guard at the gate into the centre’s bathroom, locking him inside, before taking his cellphone away.

The suspects then loaded Parker into the LDV and drove off.

Western Cape Police spokesperson, FC van Wyk, said that detectives are working hard to follow up on all leads, and are working around the clock to track him down.

Cases of armed robbery and kidnapping are being investigated.

A year ago, in July 2017, Sadeck Zhaun Ahmed, owner of Zhauns Business Opportunity Machines, was kidnapped outside his business in Salt River. Ahmed was returned to his family in October, after his captors expressed concern at his deteriorating health.

Police have urged anyone with information regarding the suspects, or witnesses to the incident, to contact the investigating officer Constable Chesron de Vries on 082 493 8472 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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