Zhauns owner kidnapped

The search is on for a well-known businessman who was allegedly kidnapped in Salt River on Tuesday July 25.

Zhaun Amid-Ahmed, 71, was believed to be loading things into the boot of his car just after 5.30pm when he was approached by three unknown men in a double cab bakkie, threatened with a firearm and then forced into the bakkie, which is believed to have headed in the direction of Victoria Road, Woodstock.

Spokesperson for Woodstock police, Sergeant Hilton Malila, confirmed that the bakkie was later found abandoned in Woodstock, with no trace of the suspects or the kidnapped Mr Amid-Ahmed.

“The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Mr Amid-Ahmed are still unknown at this stage and the investigation continues,” Sergeant Malila said.

Mr Amid-Ahmed is the chief executive officer of Zhauns in Woodstock.

In 2012, one of his properties in Observatory, occupied by Club Barmooda at the time, was pipe bombed, causing severe damage to the property and was later replaced with a restaurant.

A representative of the Zhauns Group confirmed yesterday, Wednesday July 26, that Mr Amid-Ahmed had indeed been taken, but the company chose not to comment further.

The family was also not in a position to comment
at the time of going to print.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or who witnessed the incident, is asked to contact the investigation office, Warrant Officer David Miles on 021 486 2840 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

In October last year, a similar incident occurred when Naushad Khan, also known as Naushad Desmukh, owners of Khan’s Clothing in Athlone, was kidnapped outside his business. Mr Khan was returned to his family unharmed.