South African Hostage in Mali Freed After Years in Captivity

Stephen McGowan, who was abducted by al-Qaeda operatives in Mali during November 2011, has been released after nearly six years in captivity, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane confirmed.

Screenshot of a video released in December 2015 delivering proof of life for South African citizen Stephen McGowan. McGowan was abducted by al-Qaeda operatives in Mali during November 2011.

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