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Tereasa Dias
1 minute read
23 Jan 2019
12:45 pm

Andre Hanekom dies in Mozambique while in custody for terrorism

Tereasa Dias

He was arrested on charges related to terrorism and has died in a hospital in Pemba, his wife confirmed.

The late Andre Mayer Hanekom, left. Image: Facebook

No information has yet been released on how Andre Hanekom died. The department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said, “We will refer to the high commissioner in Mozambique to investigate this,” he told Lowvelder.

Hanekom, originally from Mbombela, was in custody after he was arrested three times in Mozambique on various charges related to terrorism.

He was wounded and taken into custody by military police in Palma, Mozambique. During the arrest, he was chased by undercover military men down the road. He ran to the Marula Hotel for safety. Four men with balaclavas drove through the security gate of the hotel and confronted Andre.

Witnesses reported he was shot at several times and hit in the arm. They put him in the back of a brown Toyota Cruiser and disappeared.

Andre’s wife, Francis, has diligently defended her husband’s innocence and claimed that the police only arrived after three months to take items from their home as evidence. She said this had all transpired as other businessmen in the area wanted to get rid of her husband to get to his businesses.

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