Solomon Ketema, an investor in the hospitality industry, was kidnapped from his residence in Cape Town, South Africa early Wednesday by unidentified suspects.
The Ethiopian businessman, who has two hotels in Ethiopia and one in Cape Town was kidnapped for undisclosed reasons, according to the information Capital obtained from South Africa on Thursday afternoon.
According to the information, Solomon, who owns two hotels, one called King’s Hotel located in Sar Bet behind the African Union HQ and the second located on the outskirts of Addis Ababa at Kality, has settled in the southern African country where he has a third hotel called the King’s in Cape Town on Hout Street, in the central business district between Cape Town Tourism’s offices and Long Street.
The hotel located at Sar Bet was one of the most modern hotels in the city before the current hotel boom occurred in Addis Ababa.
Solomon also owned the prominent nightclub Concord, located at Beklo Bet which is frequented by foreign visitors. However, he sold the hotel/nightclub to the prominent entertainment star, DJ Wossen, in 2011 for 33 million birr.
On Friday December 12 a South African newspaper published a story about Solomon’s kidnaping.
The Independent stated that Cape Town Police reported a 60-year-old man had been hijacked outside his residence in Sea Point at about 12:50am on Wednesday.
“The vehicle was recovered in Langa on the same day,” police spokesman Andre Traut reported on Thursday.
Capital’s effort to talk Solomon’s family in Addis Ababa failed.