Silence as Korkie deadline passes

Comment on this story


IOL pic feb10 pierre korkie file

Supplied

South African Pierre Korkie was kidnapped in Taiz, Yemen, in May last year.

Johannesburg - Silence and rumours. This is all the family and negotiators for kidnapped Bloemfontein teacher Pierre Korkie have after the deadline for his R33 million ransom passed on Saturday.

Negotiators from Gift of the Givers have had no communication with the al-Qaeda kidnappers for 13 days, the foundation’s director, Imtiaz Sooliman, said yesterday.

Family spokesman Michael Venter said they had been “inundated” with rumours that Korkie had been released and speculation about his health, but cautioned people not to believe it unless it had been verified by the government.

Sooliman also warned against believing a so-called anonymous mediator in Yemen, who was quoted in AFP reports at the weekend.

The mediator was quoted as saying the kidnappers would not execute Korkie and that an extension could be arranged if the South African government was prepared to respond to the demands.

“Can he produce proof of life? Can he arrange for us to talk to Pierre? If not, we will not pay too much attention to this ‘lead’,” Sooliman said.

Last week, Yolande Korkie begged her husband’s kidnappers to release him because he needed medical treatment.

Pierre and Yolande were kidnapped in Yemen in May last year, but Yolande was unconditionally released last month.

“If Pierre is gravely ill, but still holding out, it is my opinion that they will not execute him for now,” Sooliman said.

He said this was because al-Qaeda’s leaders were concerned with the group’s public image.

The Star


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Join us on

IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks

Business Directory