Pirate couple to start their journey home

2012-06-26 12:39

Johannesburg - Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari, who were kidnapped by Somali pirates and held captive for more than a year, will arrive in South Africa on Wednesday morning, a family spokesman said.

"They will leave Rome tonight [Tuesday] and will land in Pretoria on Wednesday morning," Calitz's brother Dale van der Merwe said on Tuesday.

The couple would be allowed time with their family when they arrived. They would then be taken to the offices of the department of international relations for a media briefing, he said.

"They will be staying at the president's house in Pretoria for a few days after that, just so they can give the authorities as much information as possible on the incident."

Van der Merwe said the South African government needed more information about the kidnapping in 2010.

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 helped secure their freedom in a joint effort with Italy and Somalia.

Details of the terms of their release are not yet known.

  • - 2012-06-26 13:08

    Absolutely amazing! Welcome back. Well done to whoever got them back safely.

  • Rachael - 2012-06-26 13:17

    And over time, from the first I heard of this, I wondered what the SA gov was doing about it. I wonder if the funds the family raised was paid toward the ransom. Another heart-warming story in these cold wintry days at least.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-06-26 13:43

    Pirate couple? Why call them that?

      amy.bullscriven - 2012-06-27 14:37

      I was thinking the exact same thing???

  • Arthur - 2012-06-26 13:44

    Welcome back, may you both settle in soon and a speedy recovery from you traumatic experience. God Bless.

  • barry.walker.7568 - 2012-06-26 14:12

    Personally I would have chosen a different headline....Just saying.

  • Michaele - 2012-06-26 14:31

    What I am about to write please do not be offended, it is not meant to be fecious, but do not sail again! And if you do be sensible in which waters you do so.

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-26 14:40

    Ja-ne!! Deborah and Bruno will henceforth be known as 'The Pirate couple'. Only on News 24!!

  • Chris - 2012-06-26 14:51

    Welcome back and all the best for the future ! "The South African government helped secure their freedom in a joint effort with Italy and Somalia" Did I miss something.........

  • hallo.daar.56 - 2012-06-26 17:27

    Thanks to the unsung heroes, including the SA Special Forces Brigade. "We fear naught but God"

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