SA hostage 'dreamed of chocolate cake'

2012-06-25 09:19

Durban - The horrific details of the conditions under which a South African couple were kept hostage in Somalia for 20 months have started to emerge.

Bruno Pelizarri, who holds dual Italian and SA citizenship, is currently in Italy where he is visiting his mother and preparing to give evidence before an Italian court about the Somalis who captured him, reported the Weekend Argus. More details will emerge during their testimony.

His sister, Vera Hecht, said her brother and his South African girlfriend Debbie Calitz, might look thin now, but had actually been emaciated before being fattened up by their captors prior to their release. They were extremely pale from being locked up in the dark.

She said their mother was “ecstatic” about her son’s release after 20 months in captivity.

The Times reported that Pelizzari had dreamed of chocolate cake while in captivity and still couldn’t believe that he was able to make coffee now whenever he wanted to.

"I feel fantastic. It's really good to be free. I'm overwhelmed by the support," Pelizzari said in a telephonic interview.

The couple were freed in a raid on Mogadishu in an operation in which several governments and organisations had a part, including the Italian government. Details of the raid and the ransom paid have been sketchy until now.

  • rob.baggaley - 2012-06-25 09:35

    I hope the book sells well. Would make for an intresting read.

      catgirl1971 - 2012-06-25 10:25

      A book doesn't have to sell well to be an interesting read. If it is well-written, etc that makes for an interesting read.

      koo.doyle - 2012-06-25 11:17

      Rob is making two different points catgirl. That he hopes it sells well, and that he thinks it will make an interesting read. Your comment is both lame and irrelevant.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-25 13:29

      Thanks Koo...Always one is'nt there !

      koo.doyle - 2012-06-27 10:47

      Sigh. Alas, always rob :)

  • Pulverturm - 2012-06-25 09:38

    "They were extremely pale from being looked up in the dark" Please correct the poor spelling news24!

      clint.rusford.3 - 2012-06-25 10:56

      LOCKED UP!! read proply else go for spelling lessons einstein.. p.s my spelling errors r purposefully made so b.t.w

      Kala - 2012-06-25 13:10

      Why would some one want to purposely make mistakes, spelling or otherwise?

  • Thapz Peteke - 2012-06-25 09:40

    hope he managed 2indulge in s much chocolate cake s he cud after d release!

      ahemsurferosa - 2012-06-25 09:58

      oh my god, is it really so much effort to use proper english?

      catgirl1971 - 2012-06-25 10:27

      The curse of mxit! Nobody from the younger generation can write or spell properly anymore.

      mrp721 - 2012-06-25 10:29

      And ahemsurferosa, is it really necessary to use God's name in this vain manner?????

      clint.rusford.3 - 2012-06-25 10:51

      Moving on...

      koo.doyle - 2012-06-25 11:21

      Erm its 'English' @ ahemsurferosa.

      Bruce - 2012-06-25 13:26

      "2indulge, s, cud, d" is not proper English. Have a look in any dictionary! It's not even a careless spelling mistake, which can happen!

      koo.doyle - 2012-06-27 10:49

      Yes Bruce its appalling, but isn't the sentiment being expressed, which was sweet, more important? Why be a douche about it? And if you insist on being a douche, then at least make sure your own English is flawless.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-25 09:46

    Its the small things in life we take for granted

  • mrp721 - 2012-06-25 10:28

    Some things certainly are sketchy, if they were rescued during a "raid" surely that would come as a surprise to the pirates, so where did they have time to "fatten" them up a bit, the ransom must have been paid and that is why they were "fattened" up for release. Too many obscurities here, but at least they are free, that is the main thing... Wish them all the best...

  • Jay Marian - 2012-06-25 10:56

    hmmmnnn ! If a raid had indeed been carried out by the relevant role players as so reported, then there is certainly no need to pay a ransom!

  • Shelley Louise Pelizzari - 2012-06-25 10:59

    thank you to those who have been helpful to our family. We are so greatful for all the help to free my Father in law. Much love

  • koo.doyle - 2012-06-25 11:12

    So were they rescued in a raid, or released? The story seems to imply both?

  • Justin - 2012-06-25 11:27

    Thanks to SA government! Not.

  • rock.jason.52 - 2012-06-25 12:33

    The couple already in talk with a Tv program I shouldn't be alive..... Such a good way to make money! Not even mentioned the Magazine cover and Tv coverage they are enjoying!!!!!

      Bruce - 2012-06-25 13:29

      Are you implying that they arranged to be kidnapped so that they can have all this publicity. I know some of their family,this was no fun for them!

      lskosana3 - 2012-06-25 21:15

      Well i wouldn't hesitate to either if i had lived through such a nightmare. At least there's going to be one positive out of the whole drama

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-25 21:08

    Huh South africa now allow DUAL CITIZENSHIP? I would like to know more on this one

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