TODAY, we have launched our BBR (BRING BACK RANGA) campaign.
Businessman Ranga Gova, 35, was kidnapped on November 3, in Centurion, Pretoria, as he drove home, and has not been seen since.
The brazen attack was captured on CCTV.
His wife, Mamelo, said the kidnapping has been really hard on the family.
“It has been extremely hard. It is too much. My daughter goes to the garage and calls for her dad,” Mamelo said.
“He is usually at home. He only spends time away when he is on business trips and that doesn’t usually last for such a long time.
“My daughter doesn’t understand what is going on.
“She keeps going to the garage door and whenever the door opens she thinks it is her dad.
“She keeps trying to open the garage door and goes to the garage to see if her dad is back.”
Well, dad hasn’t been back for 35 days now.
We believe that, as one of the leading newspapers in this country, we have a responsibility to keep casting some light on this case given that Gova is one of us.
This campaign is meant to help raise awareness around this heart-breaking ordeal.
It’s our responsibility to ensure that the world doesn’t forget that there is a young Zimbabwean businessman who was taken captive and has not been seen by his family for more than a month.
Statistics show that between July and September last year, there were more than 2000 kidnapping cases in South Africa.
A HISTORY OF KIDNAPPING
AMAHLE THEBETHE – April 4, 2019
Amahle was playing with her friends when she was lured by a mysterious man in Ekurhuleni and has never been seen since.
ANNI AND SHRIEN DEWANI – November 12, 2020
Anni Dewani was killed while on honeymoon in Cape Town after the taxi she was travelling in, with her husband Shrien, was carjacked.
Shrien was later accused of staging the murder and was extradited from the UK to SA where a judge dismissed the case against him.
CAROLINE AND RYAN ETHAN – December 3, 2016
Ryan and Caroline Ethan were kidnapped on their way to the airport in South Africa and they are still not yet found.
The kidnappers had demanded a ransom.
ETTY GLAZER – March 30, 1966
The wife of Bernard Glazer, a South African businessman, Etty and her 22-month old son Sammy, were kidnapped.
The kidnappers demanded a ransom of R140 000, which was paid.
Four of the kidnappers were arrested.