SA hostage 'dreamed of chocolate cake'

2012-06-25 09:19
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

SA hostages freed

A South African couple taken hostage by Somali pirates have been freed. See all the pictures just hours after they were released by their captors.

Durban - The horrific details of the conditions under which a South African couple were kept hostage in Somalia for 20 months have started to emerge.

Bruno Pelizarri, who holds dual Italian and SA citizenship, is currently in Italy where he is visiting his mother and preparing to give evidence before an Italian court about the Somalis who captured him, reported the Weekend Argus. More details will emerge during their testimony.

His sister, Vera Hecht, said her brother and his South African girlfriend Debbie Calitz, might look thin now, but had actually been emaciated before being fattened up by their captors prior to their release. They were extremely pale from being locked up in the dark.

She said their mother was “ecstatic” about her son’s release after 20 months in captivity.

The Times reported that Pelizzari had dreamed of chocolate cake while in captivity and still couldn’t believe that he was able to make coffee now whenever he wanted to.

"I feel fantastic. It's really good to be free. I'm overwhelmed by the support," Pelizzari said in a telephonic interview.

The couple were freed in a raid on Mogadishu in an operation in which several governments and organisations had a part, including the Italian government. Details of the raid and the ransom paid have been sketchy until now.
 

Read more on:    bruno pelizzari  |  deborah calitz  |  italy  |  somalia  |  east africa  |  somali pirates  |  pirates
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
26 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Monday Langa - 18:05 PM
    Road name: N2 Outbound
    DELAYS between the M5 Highway and the Bhunga Avenue exit due to an accident on the opposite carriageway
  • Monday Khayelitsha - 18:03 PM
    Road name: Govan Mbeki Road Eastbound
    DELAYS approaching Duinefontein Road
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nintendo Wii Console

Featuring a remarkable wireless controller experience, the Nintendo Wii console...

From R2999.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong emphasis on relationships. Obsession, emotional disputes, retaliation or competitive actions are highlighted....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.