Former SA hostages face bitterness, split

2012-11-19 08:46

Five months after their release by Somali pirates, former hostages Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari are no longer together and relations between them and family members are strained.

SA hostages to face Somali captors

2012-08-20 22:12

South African couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz will face some of the Somali pirates who took them hostage, when they travel to the Netherlands to testify in their trial, a report says.

Calitz: We felt good vibes from SA

2012-06-27 22:37

Debbie Calitz, freed after being held hostage for 20 months in Somalia along with her partner, says they must have felt vibrations from South African people, because something kept them strong.

Hostage couple arrives in Joburg

2012-06-27 17:10

South Africans Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari have finally arrived home after their release from captivity by Somali pirates.

Pirate couple to start their journey home

2012-06-26 12:39

Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari, who were kidnapped by Somali pirates and held captive for more than a year, will arrive in South Africa tomorrow, says a family spokesperson.

Hostage couple to have medical tests

2012-06-22 16:00

The South African pair released 20 months after being kidnapped by Somali pirates have to undergo medical tests and are expected to arrive home next week, a family spokesperson says.

SA hostages freed in Somalia raid

2012-06-21 13:32

A raid that was a joint operation by Somali security forces and the army resulted in the freeing of a South African couple who were kidnapped by pirates, Somalia’s defence minister says.

SA couple freed in Somalia

2012-06-21 11:40

A South African couple taken hostage by Somali pirates have been freed, the department of international relations and co-operation has confirmed.

SA, Somalia discuss pirate hostages

2012-03-13 22:18

South Africa and Somalia are hoping to resolve an impasse about the return of South Africans being held hostage there, the international relations and co-operation minister says.

Pirates 'sell' kidnapped SA couple

2012-02-22 10:43

A South African couple who were kidnapped over a year ago off the African coast have apparently been sold to new kidnappers who are now demanding a higher ransom for their release.

SA hostages 'used as human shields'

2011-10-25 09:42

A Richards Bay man has told how he feels guilty to be back in South Africa while a South African couple is still being held by pirates off the Somali coast.

Dutch court jails pirates for SA yacht attack

2011-08-12 20:49

A Dutch court has sentenced two Somali pirates to prison for their role in abducting two South Africans off a yacht in the Seychelles, but the couple remains missing.

Still no word on SA hostages

2011-01-04 14:27

The family of one of the South Africans taken hostage by Somali pirates last year say there is still no information on their whereabouts, but they are staying positive.


SA hostages being evaluated before trial

2012-09-05 22:28

South African couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz are being evaluated to see if they can face some of the Somali pirates who took them hostage, East Coast Radio Newswatch says.

SA woman: Somali pirates raped me

2012-07-13 08:40

South African couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz have revealed more details about their 20 months in Somali pirate captivity, including the fact that Calitz was raped.

Hostage couple thanks government

2012-06-27 21:04

The couple rescued from Somali pirates has thanked the government for working towards to their release after an emotional homecoming.

Pirate ordeal was hell - SA hostages

2012-06-27 10:16

Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari have described how the Somali pirates who kidnapped them promised their release three times before they were finally freed.

SA hostage 'dreamed of chocolate cake'

2012-06-25 09:19

The South African couple kept hostage by Somali pirates were mostly kept in the dark and were fattened up before their release, it has emerged.

SA didn’t pay ransom for Durban couple

2012-06-21 14:22

South Africa has thanked Italian and Somali authorities for the safe return of a Durban couple held captive by pirates for 20 months and says it did not pay a ransom for the two.

Durban couple: We're happy to be free

2012-06-21 12:10

Durban couple Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari, who were among the longest held by Somali pirates, say they are happy to be free and to join their families.

SA hostages in Somalia still alive

2012-05-10 10:34

The families of a South African couple taken hostage by pirates in Somalia 19 months ago have received confirmation they are still alive, but the latest ransom offer has been turned down.

Help release SA hostages, Somalis urged

2012-02-22 11:11

Somalis in SA are being asked to encourage the release of two South Africans who were kidnapped by pirates and are being held for ransom, the Gift of the Givers says.

SA pirate hostage to turn 50

2011-10-31 09:16

The South African couple being held hostage by Somali pirates have for the first time been able to both call home since their capture a year ago.

Pirates demand R33m for SA hostages

2011-09-26 10:31

Somali pirates who kidnapped a South African couple last year have reportedly threatened to kill them if a $4m ransom is not paid.

Uncertainty over ransom for SA hostages

2011-01-28 14:05

The brother of a Durban woman being held hostage in Somalia says he can't confirm media reports that pirates have demanded a R70m ransom for her and her partner.

Concern over SA pirate hostages

2010-11-30 08:09

SA authorities are increasingly concerned that Somali pirates who captured a Durban couple about three weeks ago have not yet been in contact with them.

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