Yolande Korkie and her husband Pierre were captured in the city of Taiz in May 2013. She was released last week, with the help of the Gift of the Givers, whose founder Imtiaz Sooliman said on Monday that face-to-face negotiations with the group of kidnappers would begin on Tuesday.
Gift of the Givers successfully negotiated Yolande’s release without any ransom being paid, but the kidnappers demanded R32 million within the next 24 hours or the 53-year-old would face execution.
Founder and Chairman of Gift of the Givers, Imtiaz Sooliman, has been facilitating negotiations and has been insistent throughout that it makes sense for the militants to free Pierre as he is of no value to them – especially after the South African government admitted that the country’s foreign policy did not allow it to assist with paying the ransom.
Below is the first of many pleas that Yolande Korkie has made to her husband’s captors since her release:
Bloemfontein teacher Pierre Korkie's wife and children on Thursday called on his kidnappers to release him. Al-Qaeda in Yemen is demanding a ransom for his release.
Months after his capture and no word or sight of Korkie, he was spotted travelling with his captors in Yemen.
Xolani spoke to Gift of the Givers’ Sooliman who says that while Korkie is still alive, the negotiations for his release are still being drawn out. Listen to the audio below: