A South African who has been held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 is alive and well, his father said Wednesday, having received information from a recently released Swedish captive. Stephen McGown's father Malcolm said he had spoken twice to Johan Gustafsson, who was detained alongside Stephen, since his release earlier this week. "He said they were both well, he says Stephen is well. So there has not been any sort of abuse or anything like that," McGown told AFP. "We just sort of hope that Stephen will come out soon. At this stage he is now on his own,"