Pierre Korkie memorial on Friday

2014-12-10 08:50

The memorial service for slain teacher Pierre Korkie will be held in the Free State on Friday.

The service would be held at the CRC Church, in Uitsig, Bloemfontein at 10am, family spokesperson Daan Nortier said.

“The burial will be later and restricted to the family and invited friends.”

Korkie and American photographer Luke Somers were killed during an attempt by United States special forces to free them from their al-Qaeda captors in Yemen in the early hours of Saturday.

Korkie and his wife Yolande were kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in Taiz, Yemen, last May. Yolande was released on January 10 and returned to South Africa on January 13.

The Gift of the Givers, which helped in negotiating with al-Qaeda, said Korkie died a day before he was due to be released following a negotiated deal.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane yesterday could not clarify whether her department knew that Korkie’s release had apparently been secured.

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