South African businessman André Hanekom has died in a hospital in Pemba in Mozambique. Hanekom was arrested on numerous charges relating to terrorism after he was initially reported kidnapped in Mozambique last year.

His wife Frances has been campaigning for his release pleading his innocence. Hanekom owned a maritime logistics company in Mozambique.

Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson, Ndivhuwo Mabaya says they are in contact with the High Commissioner in Mozambique to investigate what happened.

“The Minister has directed the high commission to engage with the authorities to investigate the cause of death and also to find any other information. So we are also busy gathering information and getting to understand what happened from last week.”