South African held "ransom" in Equatorial Guinea

Kieno received an email from Martha Janse van Rensburg, whose only son Daniel is trapped in prison in Equatorial Guinea with a R1 million "ransom" on his head. The aviation consultant from Wilderness in the Western Cape has effectively been kidnapped and is being held in the notorious Black Beach prison.

Janse van Rensburg was contacted two years ago by Gabriel Bela Angabi, a powerful politician and businessman. Documents detailing their business dealings suggest they fell out over a R30-million contract to lease an aircraft from a Johannesburg company. Angabi summoned Janse van Rensburg to Malabo last year to resolve their differences, but the South African was promptly arrested.

He has been in and out of jail ever since, unable to leave the country and denied contact with his family or diplomatic staff.

Kieno is following the story and will investigate what South Africa's role in resolving the situation will be.


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