Organisation/s: Islamic State (suspected)
Nationality/ies: South African
Travel History: (Iraq,) United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Russia and Bahrain
Qeel Abdul-Haq Kloberie’s driver’s license was found on the body of an alleged Islamic State fighter in Iraq. Although the identity of the body has never been determined, it led to speculation as to whether Kloberie joined the Islamic State in Iraq and died as one of its fighters. The image of Kloberie’s driver’s licence was published on the account of an Iraqi watchdog, @IraqLiveUpdate on Twitter in November 2015. This was 7 months since Kloberie allegedly went to Bahrain to work as a radio graphic tester according to his mother, Joyce Snyman.
Although Kloberie was raised a Christian, he converted to Islam in 1991 and later became highly devoted to his faith. According to Snyman, after high school, Kloberie began renouncing Western ideologies and even destroyed what was formerly one of his most prized possessions, a collection of rap music. She said, “my son did not like taking pictures. That is how staunch a Muslim he was” but maintains her son’s innocence.
While in South Africa, Kloberie was alleged to have worked as an engineer at one of the national power utility’s power stations, Medupi, and been to several other countries including the United Kingdom (UK), Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Russia to work in oil refineries.
Snyman hasn’t heard from her son or had any knowledge of his whereabouts since March 2015.