Kidnapped SA teacher freed in Yemen

2014-01-10 10:37
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Cape Town - A South African teacher, who was kidnapped together with her husband in Yemen in May last year, has reportedly been freed.

The Star reported on Friday that Yolande Korkie's release came after intensive negotiations by SA’s Gift of the Givers charity organisation.

The kidnappers, believed to be linked to al-Qaeda, are however still holding her husband Pierre hostage, demanding a large ransom within eight days from Friday for his release.

Gift of the Givers confirmed Yolande’s release, saying she was distraught and crying as she asked for the release of her husband.

The Korkies were kidnapped by armed men in the southern city of Taiz last May. They had been working for a local charity development group.

According to an AP report at the time, Yemeni police said a local lawmaker orchestrated the kidnapping to pressure the government to hand over a disputed piece of land. The lawmaker denied involvement in the incident. Five suspects were arrested at the time.

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