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Pirates demand R33m for SA hostages

2011-09-26 10:31

Johannesburg - Somali pirates who kidnapped a South African couple last year have demanded a $4m (R33m) ransom from the family, according to a newspaper report on Monday.

Durban residents Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz were sailing off the coast of Tanzania when pirates boarded their yacht and captured them on October 26 last year.

Speaking to The Sowetan newspaper on Sunday, Pelizzari's sister Vera said Bruno had phoned her on September 5 appealing for the ransom to be paid.

"I know you are doing everything you can. If they do not get the ransom, they are going to kill us," Pelizzari reportedly told his sibling.

This was the first time Vera had been in contact with her brother and she said a pirate named Ali had been calling her weekly since then.

"I explained to him that we are not rich. I told him that it is going to take time to get the money. We have been forced to beg for donations," she said.

Comments
  • werner.smidt - 2011-09-26 10:37

    Hope you get home safely. Mags_24 would probably argue that the pirates deserve the money.

      EmptyCan - 2011-09-26 11:08

      @Moron, you know you are going straight to hell where the devil is gonna have his way with you 24/7. But you deserve it.

      DEVILS SON - 2011-09-26 11:15

      empty can,,,,im on it

      GypseyAnn - 2011-09-26 12:00

      @ Moron - the moniker says it all!!! You better hope nothing like this ever happens to you or any of your loved ones!!!!

      Side_Winder - 2011-09-26 12:04

      @ Moron, You are nothing but a Savage Ape.. No matter how educated you are or become you will always be a little savage. You sound like a little boy with nothing better to do than wind people up. The wheel turns though, and I can't wait.... To all parties concerned, I sincerely hope all turns out well. I'd hate this to happen to my family...

      Deon - 2011-09-26 12:19

      @Moron, Hoekom ruil ons jou nie vir hulle nie? Dink net dan is ons ontslae van jou dom aanmerkings!

      jen - 2011-09-26 12:59

      MOROn is a prime example of what is wrong with SA.

      Sheda Hab - 2011-09-26 13:09

      And our Government is doing what to help???? I know they are only whites but don't you think our government should do something..............

      John - 2011-09-26 14:20

      @deon ,cause they wouldn't get R 3.30 for the prick.

      Mags_24 - 2011-09-26 17:05

      ya but only because they are victims of the afrikaner genocide. even the Somali pirates are in on it

      rasklot - 2011-09-26 18:59

      Get the money the Rewserve Bank would normally burn (old circulation) Put in a case with explosives, pay them, get the family back and then detonate the case. Rids you of the money and pirates at the same time.

      Cheq - 2011-09-27 09:03

      People why do you even respond to Moron, his mother was a priest from the underground so that's how he was born so let him drown in the mud...

      bytjies - 2011-09-27 12:28

      QUESTION: They have been hostage for almost a year, and the "pirates" are only asking for ransom now? or am I missing something........... maybe they took a vacation and ran out of spending money???

  • Buic Unix - 2011-09-26 10:42

    they dont seem like intelligent pirates to me..and the captured people have to endure this for no reason really..but i guess it cant be helped

      Uno_Beche - 2011-09-26 15:49

      They seem very intelligent to me. Quoted the price in US$. Must have foreseen the world economic turmoil resulting in dollar strength. The familly should have bought hedge options for the dollars.

  • Liesbet - 2011-09-26 10:43

    Wish we still the Recce's or Koevoet guys, we could have sent 'em in and blow the hell out of them and get our people safe home.....

      Ian - 2011-09-26 11:17

      dammit i miss the 70 + 80S

      Quo Vadis? - 2011-09-26 11:25

      I agree. or go in on a show of force. Use the old 32 Btn and 61 Mech and then go in. no mercy.

      phumlanim - 2011-09-26 12:23

      this time its whites hence yuo want yuor butcher army to be involved "Koevoet" gone are those days. where were yuo when USA invaded Somalia?

      Great White - 2011-09-26 17:45

      phumlanim rather speak Zulu. Your English sucks as much as your opinion.

      MyWereld - 2011-09-27 05:14

      @ Great White: I think Phumlamin should keep very quiet. We have hacked his email and are planning a visit, taking a couple of koevoets with.

  • clintas - 2011-09-26 10:44

    keep this family in our prayers....is the SA government not going to help at all?

      Darwinian - 2011-09-26 11:31

      I doubt it...this is white people after all.....

      Ben Fowler - 2011-09-26 11:42

      50-mali$$

      Nawe - 2011-09-26 12:01

      ASk Bees Roux for help, he might broker another plea bargain.

      Numb - 2011-09-26 15:26

      Doubt it, Zuma needs another charted flight instead.

  • pragmatism - 2011-09-26 10:44

    they must miss their families dearly.../

  • Nawe - 2011-09-26 10:45

    Shame, these guys are screwed. 33mil?

      reader4444@24.com - 2011-09-27 12:37

      No, they are not screwed! They are still alive and therefore there is hope they will return to SA.

  • ChrisG - 2011-09-26 10:48

    Just like with Anton Hammerl, our government will do nothing to help these people... makes me sick.

      pragmatism - 2011-09-26 10:50

      why don't you help them? You make me sick...

      jono46 - 2011-09-26 10:57

      @ pragmatism we pay taxes in this country for the government to help citizens when these things happen. You are obviously an IDIOT with zero intelligence. You are sick!!

      pragmatism - 2011-09-26 10:59

      you want your taxes to pay for ransoms? you want to encourage these idiots to abduct more people?

      Prof - 2011-09-26 11:19

      Our taxes are not for ransoms.

      Ann - 2011-09-26 11:29

      No, our taxes are not for ransoms. Joe Public pays taxes for government ministers to hire private charter planes while on their rugby watching trips to New Zillund...

      Lauren-Ashleigh - 2011-09-26 11:31

      @pragmatism, I'd rather want my taxes to help these people than to pay for a Prime Minister to fly a private jet because didn't wanna have her luggage searched.

      st14338637 - 2011-09-26 11:37

      Rather my taxes for ransoms than for the shady pockets of those who are rigging tenders.

      Ngqeku - 2011-09-26 11:45

      What were they doing there in the first place?

      Tolerant - 2011-09-26 11:57

      Ngqeku, they were sailing in International waters, nothing wrong with that. The AU or UN should send in forces to clean up this pirates.

      Wes - 2011-09-26 11:58

      They were in Tanzania

      phumlanim - 2011-09-26 12:25

      Its strange that the goverment must be involve here as if they were sent by governemnt, besides every body knows that there are pirates yet they go so whose problem is it?

      Lizzee - 2011-09-26 19:58

      @phum - it's not strange that the government needs to be involved. That's what governments do when their citizens are in trouble in other nations. They're supposed to help. The US government fought for over two years to get 3 of their citizens out of Iran, where they were wrongfully arrested. If you were abducted / arrested in a foreign country, what would you want your government to do? Ignore your plight or help you?

  • burtfred - 2011-09-26 10:57

    The don't pirates attack Israeli boats. They know what would happen to them if they did.

      Ian - 2011-09-26 11:18

      100%

  • david.arendse - 2011-09-26 10:59

    What is the South African government doing to help these South Africans!! Kinda wish now that our Spec Ops guys were better funded or something

      Prof - 2011-09-26 11:20

      what would you do if you were the government??

      st14338637 - 2011-09-26 11:40

      We have the special task force unit of the police as well as military resources of our own and a couple of subs rusting in Simonstown. I would say we go after them, thieves always value their own lives above money - these guys aren't idealists, they are businessmen... if you tell them you will bomb the hell out of them, make an example or two - then it will stop.

      st14338637 - 2011-09-26 11:40

      We have the special task force unit of the police as well as military resources of our own and a couple of subs rusting in Simonstown. I would say we go after them, thieves always value their own lives above money - these guys aren't idealists, they are businessmen... if you tell them you will bomb the hell out of them, make an example or two - then it will stop.

      Vela Stardust - 2011-09-26 11:40

      @ Prof. Negotiate their safe return.

      Tolerant - 2011-09-26 11:52

      The AU should ask the UN to clean out the pirates.

      johnmich - 2011-09-26 12:16

      @Prof-I would send in some of our expensive war planes to do some damage....oh sorry,we don't have anyone to fly them...well maybe we can send some political fat cats to negotiate...

      Prof - 2011-09-26 12:23

      @Vela -- How? and why not do it if possible...

      DEVILS SON - 2011-09-26 12:34

      declare war on somalia, put our nukes back together and blow the horn of africa into the sea

      DEVILS SON - 2011-09-26 12:40

      im sure the somali pirate head office is in sauer street, im sure i saw it there

  • Boxxer - 2011-09-26 11:05

    Too lazy to work and earn an honest living.

  • B|?knu+ - 2011-09-26 11:08

    ..and again we helping them to get over the famine, donating food for em and now thats how they repay us?..someone must drop a nuke on somalia

      Lizzee - 2011-09-26 20:00

      Oh yes and kill innocent women and children. Such a bright idea. NOT. So you have donated money personally? Did you know Somalia is filled with rebels that won't even let aid into certain areas? There are people dying daily because the rebels won't let help reach them! Now you want to go and demand payback (by dropping a nuke) on those people made to suffer by the same people.

  • crocodile - 2011-09-26 11:08

    why is the goverment not doing any thing to bring our fellow people safe home

      jen - 2011-09-26 12:04

      You've got to be kidding. Life is cheap in Africa.

      johnmich - 2011-09-26 12:17

      cos it will cost too much and will require a little work..

  • Badballie - 2011-09-26 11:11

    the bleeding heart liberals will be the end of mankind, the idea that criminals have rights is beyond comprehension, My friends guarding ships need to start shooting to kill when attacked, these people will continue to cause death and destruction until they are dealt with on an eye for an eye basis.sinking their boats and killing all survivors is the only solution.

      birdman - 2011-09-26 12:19

      100%!

      InternetMan - 2011-09-26 14:41

      Agreed.

  • RVQ - 2011-09-26 11:16

    It seems like this is the new trend with pirate, how long before they start coming South? Time to put those arms to use and nuke these...

  • Agent - 2011-09-26 11:18

    I cannot believe that the world still allows the Somalians to carry on the way they are. Go in and blow up the whole country as their governments also does not care and seems to aloow it.

  • Thembisile - 2011-09-26 11:21

    One of the reasons I don't like Orlando Pirates!

      ElKapino - 2011-09-26 11:51

      they demandend 8m for the cup lol from naturena

  • Tebogo - 2011-09-26 11:22

    Get our special forces guys involved, send them in and give the blerry morons/pirates a bloody nose in the process and bring the couple back home. This is sad.

      Sydney - 2011-09-26 11:33

      What special forces guys?

      Jon JJ - 2011-09-26 11:37

      I didn't even know we had an army...

      st14338637 - 2011-09-26 11:42

      I am with you on that, we would need diplomatic permission from whichever despot is currently ruling somalia though.

  • psa01 - 2011-09-26 11:28

    collect the money from all the Somalians in the country with shops, a lot of them are illegal anyway. start in Bellville...

  • Quo Vadis? - 2011-09-26 11:30

    I think all commercial ships should have soldiers on board to attack at a moments notice and a 'shoot to kill' policy should be adopted when dealing with pirates. As for leisure routes, maybe we should ban yachts from going into those waters? At least for the time being.

      Terry-Louise - 2011-09-26 11:40

      you'd have to ban yachts from going into waters...period! They are moving closer and closer to US - soon you'll be able to wave at them from the peers at Durban beach front! Which means: we'll all be hostages in the end! ...unless something is done about these a******s!

      st14338637 - 2011-09-26 11:44

      Thats where the Royal Marines originated, a collection of trained soldiers on merchant ships to take on pirates. What is needed is a greater international presence in those waters - it's time that interpol pulled it's finger out.

  • Darwinian - 2011-09-26 11:33

    Once again cANCer will turn a blind eye, as these people are unfortunately white.....very very sad indeed

      Mswati - 2011-09-26 13:35

      I will vote for them again

      Call_Me_Uncl - 2011-09-26 15:12

      why make it racial? there are plenty of people in bad situations, but you dont hear people saying "It's because they are black". as soon as a black person mentions race being the cause of something, the few who people will never be in that situation always utter the same line "its been 20 years, get over it". if it bothered people that much, why are we only talking about it a year after their abduction?

      Lizzee - 2011-09-26 20:03

      @Call_Me_Uncl - actually, I've heard "It's because they're black" loads of times. And we get fed-up because too many black people use the race card unnecessary and insult whites with racist comments. But then on the other hand, some whites insult blacks with racist comments too.

      Jack - 2011-09-27 08:47

      Spot on. If the couple were ANC supporters the ANC would step in

  • ElKapino - 2011-09-26 11:34

    am sure the are somalis in Durban in case they kill em - eye for an eye

      Terry-Louise - 2011-09-26 11:37

      difference is, they do not care about their own people. We do...

  • Jon JJ - 2011-09-26 11:36

    And then people are asked to donate money for aid in drought stricken Somalia..I say screw them all!! Let them rot in their own hell!!

      birdman - 2011-09-26 12:29

      Agreed! Nature must take its course and they should be left to die. If Somalia are always faced with never-ending droughts, why does each woman have 5 - 8 children? The rest of the world must feed them and look after them whilst their "pirate boys" cause havoc.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-26 11:37

    What is our government doing to protects RSA citizens? What a cheek after South Africans were asked to donate money and Gift of the Givers when to Somalia to help.

  • van63 - 2011-09-26 11:47

    Somalia? I sure The South AFrican "Gift of the Givers" has just been there with food and Medical Aid, to help this country's starving! What for? Surely some barter system could have been worked out world wide!! Release all hostages and ships in exchange for Medical and Food!

      charis.leriche - 2011-09-26 12:17

      wow. where's the compassion people? Are you telling me the 2-year old girl starving to death in Somali asked for that couple to get kidnapped? I'd hate to tell you but the African continent donated the least amount of aid to Somali. Literally a fraction. It is a tragedy that these people have been taken away from their family, but the Somalians who are starving to death are not pirates! In fact most of them can't do anything about this because they are scared and probably trying to save their children from starvation. you people make me sick!

      birdman - 2011-09-26 12:39

      @charis.leriche. It is you and your bleeding heart liberalism that is the ultimate cause of famine. The West gives and gives - for what? To be kicked in the teeth. If people are made to stand on their own two feet instead of waiting for a handout, it would happen - eventually. My heart has hardened to any form of charity beyond our borders. Somalia is a basket case without hope. So why even try - its like trying to scoop water in a seive.

      Jon JJ - 2011-09-26 13:54

      @charis.leriche - I blame the parents. They must use contraception. The days of reproducing for dominance in terms of numbers were only relevant to the tribal systems. Those days are gone. Sorry, not our problem.

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-26 11:56

    This is just wicked. The family have indicated time and again that they do not have money to pay any ransom. Why doesn't someone in authority step in and assist this couple and the family involved? Angel light and love to all of you!

  • Rudzani - 2011-09-26 11:56

    why is not the government pay the ransom is it can pay for the weapon and still be afraid to start war,we are talking about people life ,they are giving money to king mswati to maitain his lifestyle instead of improving people`s life ,it sound little bit akward but is very real that we are still living more unfortunate than in the sixties if not apartheid era ,dog eat dog .if not so they must let people sign that who ever go out of S.A is on his/her own they don't care what happen and recall all embassy abroad and be one standing state which is highly impossible.every life is worth valued and only the state has the money to cover its own people.tax money been stolen ,road Occident fund money been stolen so much is happening and south african seem to care less because of been victimised. we dont have the likes of biko,mahlangu, even the lawyers of today dont help the poor the go for tenders illeterate guys and the so called co-operate business and care less of the poor.

      Verbatim - 2011-09-26 11:59

      ahh...another prime example of the result of our education department's handywork.

      johnmich - 2011-09-26 12:28

      @rudzani...dude,you should apply for tenders.You'll make a fortune!!

      Mswati - 2011-09-26 13:37

      Go back to school Rudzani

      Legacy_Of_Pain - 2011-09-26 14:00

      white people ignorance - stop insulting Rudzani,the person is using a language that isnt his mother tongue, all these white arrogant is starting to rub me off the wrong way. Why don't we see you typing in zulu or xhosa. Rudzani is doing his/her best to to conform to your language and all you can do is mock him. It would be ok if you laugh and keep it to yourself rather than publicly humiliate the person. Lets see you type what he typed in Xhosa or zulu or tswana. Never, because you're worse than him. You did education in your mother tongue it was easy for you but you have arrogance to mock someone who's trying hard to learn your language.See why there's a new government policy that's trying to make "black"/african languages a requirement. A policy you were busy insulting -hating and bashing relentlessly. I promise you - if it wasn't for white arrogance - we wouldn't have BEE, african language requirements, threats of nationalisation and land grabs. Your arrogance is the one that's starting this cacophony. When someone is learning your language you're not even correcting him or her , you're busy insulting. Please open your eyes to the real cause of these extreme policies. When all black people are forced into education in a language they don't understand - you call them lazy when its easy for you instead of having an understanding you call themlazy uneducated criminals who can't govern. You try to erase apartheid in their heads then claim innocence and fairness.That is evil.

      InternetMan - 2011-09-26 14:46

      Well said. My thoughts exactly

      Bella - 2011-09-26 16:17

      @Rudzani I agree....and fully understood what you said.... @Legacy_Of_Pain i agree....GUYS don't be nasty....come one man....

      Bella - 2011-09-26 16:17

      come ON man...

  • michael - 2011-09-26 12:10

    hey moron how would you like if some said that to your family.

  • purevirgo - 2011-09-26 12:26

    @ Moron, whoever you are, even the devil must have washed his hands with you. So pathetic and.....What the hell are you? I thought we had MK in South Africa IT IS TIME TO SHOW YOUR EXPERTICE GUYS, where are the bazukas and umshini wam, put it to use for a sound cause.As for poor people stuck in some place for almost a year now, I cant imagine their plight and wondering if it was Bheki Cele or Winnie Mandela, I doubt if they be still under capitivity. Such double standards for a rainbow nation, what is 4MILLION? Millions get fraudulently spent by Top brass, why not spend it to save lives? They are lucky to be still alive, we pray for them!

  • akesaris - 2011-09-26 12:28

    @Moron,would love to give you a tight P*** klap in person,you tosser

  • MAWEMAWE - 2011-09-26 12:31

    lets get a wealth tax to help this people.

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-26 12:47

      Agreed. The wealthy ANC politicians should pay their black pirate brothers to release these innocent people.

  • Legacy_Of_Pain - 2011-09-26 14:01

    white people ignorance - stop insulting Rudzani,the person is using a language that isnt his mother tongue, all these white arrogant is starting to rub me off the wrong way. Why don't we see you typing in zulu or xhosa. Rudzani is doing his/her best to to conform to your language and all you can do is mock him. It would be ok if you laugh and keep it to yourself rather than publicly humiliate the person. Lets see you type what he typed in Xhosa or zulu or tswana. Never, because you're worse than him. You did education in your mother tongue it was easy for you but you have arrogance to mock someone who's trying hard to learn your language.See why there's a new government policy that's trying to make "black"/african languages a requirement. A policy you were busy insulting -hating and bashing relentlessly. I promise you - if it wasn't for white arrogance - we wouldn't have BEE, african language requirements, threats of nationalisation and land grabs. Your arrogance is the one that's starting this cacophony. When someone is learning your language you're not even correcting him or her , you're busy insulting. Please open your eyes to the real cause of these extreme policies. When all black people are forced into education in a language they don't understand - you call them lazy when its easy for you instead of having an understanding you call themlazy uneducated criminals who can't govern. You try to erase apartheid intheir heads then claim innocence and fairness.That is evil.

      Nongqovu - 2011-09-26 15:30

      Wow! well said.. lets see if Einsteins here will actually get what you saying here bcos its the cause of everything that's soo wrong in the world today

      Bella - 2011-09-26 16:20

      not all white people are ignorant...just the same as black people...some are just plainly said racist and think that there is nothing wrong with them on this earth...geez man we are all E Q U A L.....some people CANNOT HANDLE CHANGE....

  • Legacy_Of_Pain - 2011-09-26 14:07

    I'm sorry for straying off topic,but that realy rubbed me off wrong. Anyway if there was someway of collecting a rand out of 44 million south africans -i think this problem you could be solved. My sympathies to the family. Lets show love and support to South Africans and not make this any racial black or white - our blood is south african and we should treat all with respect. Making the different colours of the South African flag work together is not easy- but we've pulled this trick with world cups support. Please if someone has a way or better idea, lets help each other. Americans can go back to a violent battlefield for one soildier - and each marine feels special knowing that the government won't forget him. Please lets make this spirit work. Charity organisations have efficient ways of gathering money - maybe this could be the start of changing each and every south african's life, lets make this work please.

      toleranne - 2011-09-26 14:38

      OK, so we all get together and collect and we have all these wonderful warm fuzzy togetherness feelings in SA, and get these people out ... and then? What about next time? Do we keep subsidising the parasites? Don't get me wrong - I would love to be able to help, but you got to draw a line somewhere. And to all those people saying "why isn't the government helping" - how do you know it isn't? And who do you expect it to talk to - Somalia doesn't HAVE a government - the pirates are free-lancers. You all very quickly call on the govt when it suits you, but it's a two-way process - how many of you are planning to shut the door in the census enumerators' faces?

      Call_Me_Uncl - 2011-09-26 15:25

      sad truth is not every person in the 44 million has a rand to spare.

      Legacy_Of_Pain - 2011-09-26 19:41

      Im thinking of - give them the money - then unite with african union millitia and NATO hopefully and get rid of the pirates once and for all

  • Sheddon - 2011-09-26 14:27

    The Government should take zero tolerence on pirates. Perhaps they should ask for volenteers like ex special forces gents to go in there and get them quietly?

  • Russell Pitchers - 2011-09-26 14:29

    At least somebody got thier act together and has started deploying Marines on ships travelling through the gulf to Srilanka now its time some international force (China) started a campaign of you hijack a ship / yacht we raze a village soon the ^&*^ will stop when the pirates realise they wont have a safe haven to get to afterwards.

  • Mart - 2011-09-26 14:34

    We should not negotiate with terrorists. I do feel for those adversely affected by this type of incident but paying ransom is just rewarding them to do more of the same. It has to stop somewhere and there is no better time than now. An AU Force trained and assited by Navy Seals or British equivalent should locate and destroy these cells of pirates. If they manage to liberate hostages it is a bonus. The world needs to stop handling rattlesnakes with kids gloves!

      InternetMan - 2011-09-26 14:49

      Yeah.. i guess that will work in your imaginary world. For these people there is no alternative and nobody is helping them. They dont have bombs. They just want their family back.

  • Christopher Maharaj - 2011-09-26 14:43

    something drastically needs to be done to stop these pirates government should intervene with an iron fist

      jen - 2011-09-26 14:54

      Why the so called AU have'nt managed to get a African navy together is beyond me. maybe they are paid to look the other way or they are waiting for ther arch enemy, the wicked West to do it for them.

  • Andrew - 2011-09-26 14:53

    Sorry to say but while pirates continue to be paid they will continue to capture vessels and take people hostage. Piracy stopped when the country was taken over by by a Muslim government who outlawed piracy and dealt with it. America decided they where a threat to America and threw them out them back came piracy. Its time we hold the Government of Somalia accountable for what is happening or remove them. Its time we tackle pirates in there own back yard instead of spending billions on warships and ransom, then you will be in a position to deal with the real issue instead of window dressing.

  • mbuzi mee - 2011-09-26 15:13

    i think the SA govnt must help these pple

      MM - 2011-09-26 15:21

      ok, thanks for your 2c worth...go back to Mxit then...

  • Nkosinathi - 2011-09-26 15:31

    Idiot!!! U will go to hell and the devil will have you for lunch bastard!!!

  • Nkosinathi - 2011-09-26 15:39

    Pirates Stole 8m and now this? Aikhona the whole world is doing nothing about this...Firstly it was a French ship now this? SOmebody needs to do something about this.

      MM - 2011-09-26 15:49

      SOmebody needs to do something about this??? Wow, what a well thought out solution, Guess nobody thought about that Nkosinathi, genius my boy...

  • preshen govender - 2011-09-26 15:47

    first they win all the cup and now this

  • me@sea - 2011-09-26 15:59

    The "pirates" are wrongly labled they are marine terrorist and as such should be treated like terrorist. They now range from upper Mog coast across the entire Indian ocean. The New attack seasons has just started with indian ocean calm season. The only way to stop this problem is to take the Terrorist out, Kill a few and maybe the rest wil return to fishing for fish.

  • Sbuda - 2011-09-26 15:59

    Very sad, hopefully they were not one of those trying to leave a so called unsafe country and ended up in a deadly zone. I am glad that these ppl can't read all these racial and political comments made here, as they will serve them no gud. In working place and other environment people tend to hide their racial agenders, it is only on these social networks with hidden identity that other tend to show their true colour. Our government may contribute, but the racial issues are beyond anyone's control except you. Others have lived in what they call a struggle for a better RSA, we didn't. we were suppose to be living in a new RSA, but ppl keep on reminding us of all those bad things and changing our mindset. It's a fact - we are all racist given circuimstances. Its only about how do we express ourselve or how do we let others to ruin our days base on all these racial and political issues. Whatever you say in any day, do know that: I AM A PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN AND I LOVE MY COUNTRY - NONE OF ANY BAD COMMENT SHALL CHANGE MY MINDSET OR BELIES AND IT'S ALL BY CHOICE. by Unknown Citizen

  • Nge - 2011-09-26 16:32

    33 million? These Pirates are looking for a serious retirement fund. Hope the family comes up with the cash or negotiate a much more realistic amount. Gees! 33 Mil? How did they come to that?

  • The Patriot - 2011-09-26 16:40

    Send in "Gift for the Givers" again. They like to serve these people while their own countrymen lie in shackles as hostages a few blocks way.

  • PILEOWA - 2011-09-26 18:09

    GIFT OF THE GIVERS SHOULD CONFRONT PIRATING BEFORE HELPING THEIR WIVES AND CHILDREN IN SOMALIA

  • Boetman - 2011-09-26 18:19

    Good luck to your family in these trying times. I hope the government is assisting you.

  • PILEOWA - 2011-09-26 18:27

    van69 thx presicely my point

  • Blikskottel - 2011-09-26 18:44

    Rather take the USD4mil and use it to bomb that whole freakin pirate country.

  • PILEOWA - 2011-09-26 21:24

    say again, let the givers get their policies straight, before helping people whose fathers are pirates