Man held captive in Sudan released on Sunday

News - Date: 28 May 2012

Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 499


Thabo Siavhe (28), who was captured by North Sudanese soldiers while doing landmine clearance work on a United Nations contract in Sudan some four weeks ago, was released on Sunday, along with three other captives. Thabo was an employee of the state-owned Denel-Mechem company based in Cape Town.

The four workers apparently entered the wrong territory while busy with their duties as humanitarian relief workers. They were all released to former South African president and chief African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki, who had been involved in peace talks with the Sudan government since Thursday last week.

Fear and dread about their lives had been spreading throughout the world, while the Sudanese government continued citing that the men couldn't be set free before they had finished completing their investigations to determine if they had been involved as military advisors to South Sudan or other wrongful activities.

Denel-Mechem CEO Ashley Williams had since denied that his two employees, namely Siavhe and a Sudanese colleague, were ever involved in any activities other than humanitarian duties for which they were deployed to Sudan. He said that his employees' duties in Sudan were to lift “landmines and the destruction of unexploded remnants of the recent civil war between the two countries”, namely Sudan and South Sudan.

Siavhe is a resident of Tshikwarani village in the Kutama area. He has not yet reached his village, and his family, friends and the Kutama Traditional Authority are looking forward to welcoming him, said the Kutama Traditional Authority's chairperson, Mr Gilbert Muofhe.

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Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.


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