Gift of the Givers probe origin of new video on abducted SA journalist

The group is investigating the origin of the picture. However, it says the latest footage appears to be a modified version of a video sent to them last month.

FILE: South African photojournalist  Shiraaz Mohamed. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - The Gift of the Givers said it was aware of a new video showing abducted photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed.

The group is investigating the origin of the video. However, the group said latest footage appeared to be a modified version of a video sent to them last month.

In the latest footage, Mohamed mentioned his family, the president, government and Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman, saying they've forgotten about him.

Sooliman said they compared both videos.

“The message is almost similar and there’s nothing new. He doesn’t have a jacket on. He is sitting at a table, unlike the other time when he was sitting on the floor. There’s no guy with a gun. He appears to be in custody.”

Last month, the Gift of the Givers said the captors demanded $1.5 million for his release.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)