Hostage couple arrives in Joburg

2012-06-27 17:10

Johannesburg - South Africans Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari finally arrived home on Wednesday after their release from captivity by Somali pirates last week.

They flew in from Rome and arrived at OR Tambo International Airport just after 16:30. Calitz's family held up a poster which read: "Welcome home. Mom and Bruno".

Calitz's daughter Samantha de Jesus, who was waiting with a large media contingent for the couple to emerge, said she was both nervous and excited.

The family would have met the couple privately first, but decided against it.

"If it wasn't for the public we wouldn't have been able to get them here."

Calitz and Pelizzari were kidnapped on a yacht off the south-eastern coast of Africa by Somali pirates in October 2010. They were held hostage for about 20 months until their release on Thursday.

The South African government reportedly helped secure their freedom in a joint effort with Italy and Somalia. Details of the terms of their release are not yet known.

  • zandernh - 2012-06-27 17:23

    It's times like these that restore your faith in humanity. Well done to all involved in their release!

      Bulls - 2012-06-27 17:27

      Were the afriforum there to welcome them?

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-06-27 18:09

      How can you knock sense into the ANC if do not have sense yourself?

  • geey.teey - 2012-06-27 17:23

    Welcome home**teary eyes

  • al.chemist.7106 - 2012-06-27 17:24

    Welcome home!!!

  • matt.ward.14203 - 2012-06-27 17:37

    Welcome Home Guys . . I hope someone has the braai and beers ready for you ! ! ! !

      Bruce - 2012-06-27 19:25

      Bit cold for a braai, but hurray for the sentiment!

  • John Beckett - 2012-06-27 18:07

    You are both an inspiration of what the human being can achieve, welcome back to our home! May God give you the strength to continue.

  • Thando Tdoz Kubheka - 2012-06-28 06:55

    Welcome home !!!

  • Thando Tdoz Kubheka - 2012-06-28 06:58

    don't u all get tired of forever bringing the political parties even when it is not necessary?

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-06-28 13:32

    SNIFF SNIFF... Good to hear a story that has a happy ending. Welcome home

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