SA pirate hostage to turn 50

2011-10-31 09:16

Durban - The South African couple who are being held hostage by Somali pirates have for the first time been able to both call home since their capture a year ago.

The SABC reports that Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz told Pelizzari’s sister, Vera Hecht, that they were well but hungry and desperate for their release.

Pelizzari’s hair was apparently falling out due to the poor diet.
The couple’s kidnappers have demanded a $4m ransom, but so far only R100 000 has been collected by family and friends.

A spokesperson from an aid agency working in Somalia has said that there were negotiations under way with the kidnappers for an exit strategy, to help the kidnappers save face while at the same time freeing the South Africans.

Calitz turns 50 on Tuesday. 

  • Ian - 2011-10-31 09:29

    let them go already you terrorist bastards

      rbphiri - 2011-10-31 09:43

      In the recorded telephonic interview Bruno speaks of how hungry he is and how him and his wife are safe. Worst of all our government by law can not cooperate or give in to the demands of terrorists. Hopefully they can reach the acquired randsom money and come back home safe and sound.

      Michael - 2011-10-31 09:46

      The SA Navy has the assets to be able to intervene but budget constraints mean they are toothless.

      Reshan - 2011-10-31 10:07

      @Michael - The AU (South Africa) doesn't even have the balls to back up Kenya in the defence of it's people.

      Daniel - 2011-10-31 10:08

      I agree Ian, but need to ask the question: why has our government not stepped in to assist these people, what with the billions that they are spending on crap, US$4 million is peanuts !!

      En - 2011-10-31 13:13

      MICHEAL....well the SA Navy has been patrolling the Mozambique channel with frigates since April. The problem with these hostages is that they are just two of hundreds being held in Somalia. You cant just go in a fetch them. France hasn't rescued their hostages, and they have much more than two.

  • Samantha - 2012-02-22 11:04

    Please get your facts straight as it has not been released to the publis as to how much family and friends have raised!

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