One year since Korkie’s kidnap – family

FILE PICTURE: Former hostage in Yemen, Yolande Korkie makes a plea to Al Qaeda to release her husband, Pierre during a press conference held at the logistics center of the Gift of the Givers in Bramley. Pierre has since been killed. Picture: Neil McCartney

It has been almost one year since South African Pierre Korkie was kidnapped in Yemen, a family spokesman said on Saturday.

“[On May 27], Pierre Korkie will be held captive for one year ,” said spokesman Michael Venter.

Korkie and his wife Yolande were kidnapped by the militants in Taiz, Yemen, in May last year. Yolande was released on January 10 and returned to South Africa on January 13. The Gift of the Givers helped negotiate her release.

At the time of the kidnapping, Korkie was a teacher in Yemen, while his wife did relief work in hospitals.

The kidnappers demanded US3 million (About R32.5m) in exchange for Korkie’s safe return.

The foundation had tried to make contact with Al-Qaeda through international media and circulated an interview with their office manager in Yemen, Anas al-Hamati. Al-Hamati was forced to leave Yemen at the end of January for his own security after Al-Qaeda accused him of stealing the ransom money.

Tribal leaders in Yemen then took over the talks with Al-Qaeda.

On February 25, tribal leaders found out that Korkie was still alive, but in bad health. Since then, no more information was available on his condition.

Sapa



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