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ANNA COX and KEVIN RITCHIE
A DISTRAUGHT Sandton family has just one wish for the New Year – to get their son home.
“We miss him, we love him and we want him home,” said Nazeer Mohamed’s distraught sister Zaheera yesterday.
Mohamed, 32, has been missing ever since he got into a black Nissan Navara with three unidentified men on December 7. The men had arrived at Mohamed’s second-hand car dealership, NZR Motor City in Jules Street – just off the Joburg CBD – 21 days ago.
Mohamed told his mechanic he’d be back in 15 minutes. This wasn’t unusual, his mother, Shahieda, explained. Mohamed, who had been in the motor trade for the last six years, would often accompany clients to banks to collect or sign off payments.
But now police and a private investigator, hired by the family, have been led through a maze of blind alleys and dead ends. Mohamed’s parents were alerted to his disappearance by the security company at the yard after they phoned them at 6pm on Friday, December 7, to say the gates of the dealership were open and staff wanted to go home, but didn’t know where Mohamed was.
“My dad rushed there and we then realised something was wrong when we couldn’t find him,” Zaheera said.
Zaheera received a muffled call on her mother’s cell phone the day after he disappeared, apparently demanding a ransom of R150000. When the call was traced it led to a payphone. There has been no contact since.
Private investigator Imraan Khan got a tip that Mohamed had been seen, but, again it was a dead end. When Khan checked the Navara’s registration plate, Amandla GP, he found it was registered to a white Mercedes-Benz truck.
“We’re searching day and night,” Khan said yesterday. “We’ve reached a dead end. We need the public to come forward with any information they might have about Nazeer.”
It is believed that Nazeer could be in the Jeppe area.
Anyone who has any information should contact Lieutenant-Colonel Hennie Punt on 082-319-9844 or the family on 076-891-5507