CAPE TOWN - The Department of International Relations and Co-operation on Sunday called on the Malaysian government to ensure the safe release of a 12-year-old South African boy.
The South African government condemned the kidnapping of the boy, and called on Malaysian authorities to use all resources available for the boy’s safe return, its spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.
Nayati Moodliar was allegedly abducted by two unidentified men on Friday, while walking with his sister to school in the capital city Kuala Lumpur.
The South African government has been in contact with the Moodliar family, Monyela added.
A video was posted on Youtube, and has the boy's father pleading for Nayati's return.
Kidnappers had not demanded ransom money when the video was posted, said Shamelin Moodliar, the boy’s father.
Nayati’s parents have dual South African and Dutch citizenship and are currently in Malaysia on a two-year working visa.
Family member Caroline Swanepoel said it was difficult to give any comment at this stage.