Bid to free kidnapped SA couple continues

2013-06-18 11:06
Pierre Korkie who was kidnapped in Yemen by al-Qaeda militants. (Photo supplied)

Pierre Korkie who was kidnapped in Yemen by al-Qaeda militants. (Photo supplied)

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Cape Town - Negotiations to secure the release of a Bloemfontein couple being held hostage in Yemen are continuing, the international relations and co-operation department said on Tuesday.

Teachers Pierre and Yolanda Korkie were kidnapped by gunmen last month outside a hotel in the city of Ta’izz.

It's believed the couple is being held by al-Qaeda militants.

The department's Clayson Monyela told Eyewitness News: “Interactions are ongoing and our ambassador accredited to Yemen is in contact with authorities there.

“There were frequent meetings and discussions, and we’re doing our best to see how we can resolve this matter.”

South Africa's ambassador to Saudi Arabia travelled to Yemen several weeks ago to try to secure the couple's release.

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