Ransom Paid to Free South African Hostage Held in Mali?

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane has denied that U.S.$4 million was paid to secure the release of Stephen McGowan from Mali. McGowan was abducted by al-Qaeda operatives in November 2011 and released after nearly six years in captivity.

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International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane.

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