61-year-old André Hanekom, who had lived in SA for 26 years and was previously arrested for terrorism involvement, died in custody in Pemba, Mozambique.
According to his family, Hanekom passed away on Wednesday morning following inexplicable illness. The exact causes of businessman’s death have not been determined yet. In order to establish it, relatives seek to recover the body from the local hospital, where Hanekom had been transported before the passing, his daughter, Amanda, said to the press.
“He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and admitted to ICU. My mother, Francis, was allowed to visit him and said he was recovering well. [On Tuesday] he was able to sit upright and use his muscles, but this morning he passed away,” Amanda said.
Hanekom used to be in Mozambique custody after he was arrested three times on a number of charges related to alleged terrorist activities of an unnamed jihadist group. However, his family and his wife, in particular, believe in Hanekom’s innocence, claiming all the cases were rigged by his business opponents.