Syria: Gift of the Givers begins engagements on kidnapped SA journalist

The organisations Imtiaz Sooliman says Mohamed Johannesburg photographer Shiraaz Mohamed was abducted when he was travelling to the Turkish border.

Shiraaz Mohamed. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG – Gift of the Givers says it’s engaging the Turkish government and the governor near the Syrian border where South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed was kidnapped.

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) says it is important that there is calm as it deals with the situation.

Reports suggest Mohamed was abducted in Syria four days ago.

The NGO says the motive behind the kidnapping of Johannesburg photographer is not yet clear.

The organisation's Imtiaz Sooliman says Mohamed was abducted when he was travelling from a hospital to the Turkish border.

“They asked if he was a foreigners, to which they said yes; they asked if he has a passport, they said yes; they asked if he is Muslim, they said yes. They then blindfolded our two drivers and drove the car with Shiraz to another place about an hour away. At that point they stopped, got out of the car, and told the two drivers ‘you may leave’.”

Sooliman says the drivers travelling with the journalist were told by the gunmen that they represent several groups inside Syria.

“Although it’s a very tense situation, we all have to keep calm to try to find out who has him. We don’t understand why he is captured, but we know that the people in Syria respect us and they love us for what we have done there.”

Meanwhile the department of international relations and cooperation says it cannot yet confirm the kidnapping.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)