Cape Town - A South African businessman who had been held in Equatorial Guinea’s notorious Black Beach prison since December despite being acquitted by a court, was released into the care of the South African embassy on February 21.
Daniel Janse van Rensburg of Port Elizabeth was evidently jailed because a business deal with a powerful local businessman went wrong.
He was accused by the businessman of stealing the down payment on the purchase of an airplane. Even though he was acquitted by a court, Janse Van Rensburg was snatched off an aircraft by security guards on December 18 as he tried to leave Malabo, the West African country’s capital on the island of Bioko.
Department of International Relations and Co-operation officials had called in Equatorial Guinea’s ambassador to South Africa, Francisco Edu Ngua Mangue, to express the government’s dissatisfaction and unhappiness with the way Janse van Rensburg had been treated, said department spokesman Nelson Kgwete.
Diplomats at the South African Embassy in Malabo had also complained to the ministries of foreign affairs and justice.