Thursday 9 February 2023. South African engineers Frederik (Frik) Potgieter and Peter Huxham were at the Anda China Malabo Hotel in Equatorial Guinea’s capital, all set to fly back to South Africa the next day. They had just completed a five-week work rotation on offshore oil and gas platforms for their employer, the Dutch company SBM Offshore.
However, what was supposed to be their last night in Equatorial Guinea became the beginning of a long and torturous ordeal for Potgieter and Huxham in the country.
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