Korkie's widow due to hold press conference

2014-12-09 10:21
Yolande Korkie (Picture: AFP)

Yolande Korkie (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - The body of Pierre Korkie, who was killed in a failed rescue bid in Yemen over the weekend, was flown home early on Tuesday, a charity said.

Pierre Korkie, 56, was seized along with his wife Yolande in May 2013 in Yemen's second city of Taiz by members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Yolande was released in January following mediation by the Gift of the Givers charity, which said Pierre's release was only hours away when US troops launched an operation to free an American captive held by the same militants.

Both Korkie and the US captive, photojournalist Luke Somers, were killed by the militants during the raid on Saturday.

Korkie's body arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base outside Pretoria shortly before 05:00 GMT, Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman told AFP.

His widow was due to hold a press conference later on Tuesday.

In a statement the day after her husband was killed, Yolande Korkie said the family has chosen to approach the tragedy with forgiveness.

"Today we choose to forgive. We choose to love. We choose to rejoice in the memories of Pierre and keep him alive in our hearts," they said.

The US ambassador to South Africa said on Monday that Washington did not know that Korkie was being held at the same location as the US hostage and was not aware that the South African was about to be released.

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