South Africa: Cape Town construction company founder kidnapped by men armed with AK-47s

Cape Town businessman Ismail Rajah was kidnapped at Good Hope Construction in Parow on Tuesday.

His son, Raziek, confirmed this to News24 in a brief conversation in the hours following the shocking abduction of his 69-year-old dad.

“Yes, he has been kidnapped,” he said, adding that the family would issue a statement later.

According to its website, Good Hope Construction is a legacy construction company in Cape Town, started four decades ago by Rajah senior.

It specialises in construction, project management and building costs consulting.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said Parow police were on the case.

Raja was abducted between 11:00 and 11:10 in broad daylight in front of the company’s offices in Joubert Street.

“According to reports, the victim was getting out of his vehicle when two persons, armed with AK-47s, exited a Charcoal Audi Q7 and kidnapped him. They fled the scene in the direction of De La Rey Road,” said Van Wyk.

Information that can help the police should be passed on via Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Ismail Rajah.
Screengrab/Good Hope Construction
The company has been in the news before. In 2017, a court ordered the National Union of Mineworkers to pay the company R1.25 million in compensation for damages caused during a strike over personal protective equipment and skills-related pay scales.

The company also withdrew from a building project in Manenberg when the main contractor did not pay R9.5 million – which, it said, it was owed.

GroundUp reported at the time that some residents claimed the impasse was over extortion demands by gangsters. Good Hope Construction at the time denied paying protection money to secure the safety of its sites.

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