SA hostages 'used as human shields'

2011-10-25 09:42

Cape Town - A Richards Bay man has told how he feels guilty to be back in South Africa while a local couple is still being held by pirates off the Somali coast.

Peter Eldridge, 62, told how he met Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz in Dar es Salaam last year and asked them to sail with him to Richards Bay on his self-built yacht, reported the Cape Argus.

He said speedboats rushed past the SY Choizil on October 26 last year and pirates came aboard, armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, about 70km east of the port of Mtwara on the border of Tanzania and Mozambique.

Eldridge said he saw how Pelizzari and Calitz were used as human shields by the pirates when French naval officers started firing at the pirates.

Almost a year has passed since the hijacking and Eldridge said he thought all the time about Pelizzari and Calitz, wishing they were back with their families. He said he was happy they were still together and that they seemed to be healthy.

He said he felt bad for being back home while they were still being held captive and often woke at night, wondering where they were sleeping.

Eldridge was rescued by a French naval fleet when he was able to radio to them from the cabin on a day when the Pelizzari and Calitz were taken ashore by the pirates.

He arrived back in SA on November 10.

He has not heard again from the pirates.

  • Right - 2011-10-25 09:48

    Now where are these combat ready Recce's and wonderful SA commandoes....let them go and do something useful.

      Right - 2011-10-25 10:13

      @serv-ASS...where is the race in my statement above. It's rather early to be starting with your "retarded rambling"....don't you think.

      Shadoz - 2011-10-25 10:14

      Is the South African Government doing anything to help these people?

      Right - 2011-10-25 10:18

      @serv-ASS....please ask them to do that better job. I would love those two people to be returned home. The so-called "rekkies" are probably very very old men now...but if you are one of their offspring.... please you are right there in Kenya.... put together a team and rescue that couple. PLEASE!

      Servaas - 2011-10-25 10:30

      @Wrong: Whatever floats your boat, I am done debating your stupidity.

      Right - 2011-10-25 10:41

      @serv-ASS....even to save the lives of two South are NOT WILLING to delay coming back to South Africa for a few months. Or is it because you just BLOW ALOT OF HOT AIR....about the ex Recce's and the 32 Battalion.

      Servaas - 2011-10-25 10:51

      @Right: And what am I supposed to do, why has the wonderful ANC government not done something about it? Perhaps they are too busy wondering what to line their pockets with next.

      Servaas - 2011-10-25 10:54

      @Right: BTW, why don't you send SOS to 38417 seeing that you so eagerly want to help. R10 should not be a problem for you seeing as you stated yesterday you own a farm in western cape.. Unless that is if it was just another land grab.

      Right - 2011-10-25 10:57

      @serv-ASS...but are always going on about the ex-Recce's and the 32 Battalion and how good your'll were...but here is a simple humanitarian mission and all you are interested in doing is giving R10.

      Right - 2011-10-25 11:16

      @serv-ASS....what will I be paying R10 for? To fund a "terrorist organization".

      Servaas - 2011-10-25 11:27


      Right - 2011-10-25 11:35

      @serv-ASS....many of them stating they like the way I challenge the mentality of their men folk. They are probably referring to you.

      Servaas - 2011-10-25 11:50

      @Right: Good for you then.

      Right - 2011-10-25 12:00

      @serv-ASS....good for me???? Why? I am just wondering what are you up to.

      John - 2011-10-25 13:15

      Lol. I agree with Right. He never said anything about race anyway. Just stating the obvious

      Houtskool - 2011-10-25 15:29

      "SA commandoes" - stupid much?

  • Terry-Louise - 2011-10-25 09:50

    PLEASE HELP MY FAMILY SAVE BRUNO AND DEBBIE's LIVES I am Bruno's niece and am begging everyone to please visit: PLEASE - we need to collect money to rescue them! ...we love and miss them dearly! :'-(

      Ann - 2011-10-25 10:06

      Oh Terry-Louise - I am so sorry that you are all going through this dreadful ordeal. Send love, light and angels to watch over them and bring them home safely. Trust and believe and always keep them in your prayers. Angel blessings :)

      Shadoz - 2011-10-25 10:16

      Terry you have my sympathy I am sorry to hear about this. Is the S.A government doing anything to help?

      Chanel - 2011-10-25 10:18

      I am so sorry for you and your family, but unfortunately I refuse to donate money to give to terrorists. I say instead of just giving them the money collected, rather fund a rescue operation and take them out - make an example, until we start standing up to these guys it's going to continue to happen! I will donate to a rescue operation but not to fund terrorism!

      Ian - 2011-10-25 10:41

      I dontated, hope it helps

      Terry-Louise - 2011-10-25 10:50

      Ann - thank you so much! X Shadoz - The Govenerment "policy" is not to get family is dealing with a problem that should have been dealt with AGES ago by GOVERNMENTS - try and imagine the stress we are under. Chanel - i understand and respect your decision not to donate, but please try and put yourself in OUR SHOES...this is our uncle, is such an innocent, quiet man...who wouldn't hurt anyone. We love and miss him SO much that i cannot think about him in this horrible situation and NOT cry. We the family are not prepared to solve the world's problem of Piracy at the expense of Bruno and Debbie's LIVES...therefore we are more than willing to do ANYTHING we can to save i am sure you would, if it were your family. Also please note, should we ever decide to get a team together to go in and rescue them - THAT TOO WILL COST MONEY WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE AND WOULD NEED TO COLLECT FOR... Ian - Thank you! ...we can NEVER thank you enough! X

      John - 2011-10-25 13:20

      Hire some Kenyan mercenaries to take out these Somalians and bring back your loved ones. Giving these terros money will cost the lives of more people!!! Don't you understand. Somalian terrorists have already bombed a building in Nairobi today. 14 injured. Don't donate money to this cause. I am sorry Terry, but even if it was my parents, I would seek an alternative.

      Terry-Louise - 2011-10-25 13:50

      John - how would you like us to hire "Kenyan mercenaries"? IT COSTS MONEY...don't YOU understand!!!!! And to be completely honest...i feel very sorry for your family - i hope that their lives are never put in jeopardy like mine are now.

  • Craig - 2011-10-25 10:11

    The only way to stop these people is to sort out the people incharge, I suppose the chances of NATO getting involved on a effective scale is about zero seeing as there would be very little in it for them, I'm sure if Somalia had any kind of mineral wealth this issue of high seas hijacking would be a thing of the past !!!

      Shadoz - 2011-10-25 10:20

      Mate there is no order in this country who can we hold accountable for these atrocities. My opinion "and that all it is" is that we need to deal with these pirates the way they dealt with them 150 years ago. Kill them and hang there dead bodies at the entrance to there harbours to show them what happens to pirates.

  • Mark - 2011-10-25 10:49

    The ANC would far rather rescue their corrupt buddies from lifetime imprisonment than innocent South African civilians. What happened to all the submarines, war ships, jetfighters, arms and ammunition bought in the scandalous arms deals?

      Shadoz - 2011-10-25 11:07

      They parked in Malemas garage waiting for econimic freedom.

      Sihle - 2011-10-25 11:25

      Always the ANC's fault of course. There are currently hundreds of hostages being held in Somalia from countries all over the world, so if you think you can just walk up there and "save" the hostages, you've been watching too much TV. The area is being patrolled by the French Navy,Russian navy,South Korean navy, Swedish Navy, Indian Navy, Royal Navy, Belgium Navy, German Navy, Royal Thai Navy and the US Navy.How are jet fighters going to help? Bomb the pirates, and kill the hostages in the process? Good plan. If you're asking where OUR warships are, two of them have been patrolling the coast along the Mozambique channel since April (on rotation). So no, the government isn't doing nothing at all.

  • Neil - 2011-10-25 14:46

    This story is about my friend Jackies' mother ! Why dont you all get off your self righteous arses and make a dontation. Who cares where it goes as long as it gets Debbie and Bruno freed !!! Wouldnt you do the same for your family ? If someone knows of a way of getting over there and finding the bastards who have Bruno and Debbie then pls count me in !

  • Gavin - 2011-10-25 14:54

    If the Government won't help then it is up to us as South Africans to contribute to this cause and bring our fellow South Africans home where they belong. I agree in that if it was your family member in this situation what would you do. I have made my donation. In stead of complaining make yours.

  • T - 2011-10-25 16:18

    None of this would have happened if France and Brittan were not dumping toxic sludge off the Somali cost killing the fishermen’s livelihood they would not have turned to piracy and the real criminals would not have taken advantage of the situation and these people would not have been Taken

  • Wouter - 2011-10-25 23:05

    Where is the SA government in all of this?

  • John - 2011-10-25 23:09

    Where are the Corvettes? Where are the submarines? What is the ANC government doing about it? Negligent and incompetents!

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