Korkie’s body arrives in SA

2014-12-09 08:35

The body of slain teacher Pierre Korkie has arrived in South Africa.

“The body arrived at 7am and is being taken for a postmortem,” the the Gift of the Givers’ founder Imtiaz Sooliman said today.

“Yes, Yolande [Korkie’s wife] was there. She left to go there at 4.45am. The body was due to arrive at around 5.30am but it was delayed.”

The flight landed at the Waterkloof Airforce Base in Pretoria.

Korkie and American photographer Luke Somers were killed during an attempt by United States special forces to free them from their al-Qaeda captors in Yemen in the early hours of Saturday.

Korkie and Yolande were kidnapped by militants in Taiz, Yemen, last May.

Yolande was released on January 10 and returned to South Africa on January 13. The Gift of the Givers helped negotiate her release.

The kidnappers demanded a $3 million (about R32.5 million) ransom in exchange for Korkie’s safe return.

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

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