World
Deadline passes for S. African Al Qaeda hostage in YemenPublish Date: Feb 08, 2014
Deadline passes for S. African Al Qaeda hostage in Yemen
  • mail
  • img
A billboard depicting a member of the Iraqi security forces aiming his weapon against unseen militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an Al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Iraq and Syria, and with a slogan reading in Arabic “the foreigners (or outsiders) will not settle in our land”, is seen in Baghdad on February 4, 2014. PHOTO/AFP
newvision

JOHANNESBURG - A deadline passed Saturday for the family of a South African man held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Yemen to pay a $3 million-ransom for his release.

The 56-year-old teacher was abducted last may with his wife Yolande, who was released in January.

On Friday she pleaded for his captors to show mercy, saying her husband was too ill to survive the hostage ordeal. He is suffering from a hernia.

She earlier issued a video making a similar plea, after fundraising efforts failed.

"Pierre is an innocent and honest person who served the poor people through his teaching," she said in a video recording, after greeting Al-Qaeda in Arabic, thanking them for treating her with respect during her captivity.

"My two children and I miss him terribly. He was just an ordinary man from South Africa," she said, flanked by the couple's teenage son and daughter.

"He is gravely ill and he will not survive captivity."

This week the charity negotiating his release said the kidnappers had broken off contact, accusing the charity of stealing the ransom money.

The group believed that South Africa's deputy foreign minister Ebrahim Ebrahim, who had travelled to Yemen to appeal for Korkie's release, had brought the money, although this was denied by the South African government.

The couple had worked as teachers in Yemen when they were abducted last May in the city of Taiz by members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
China detains five in expired meat scandal
Chinese police have detained five people from a unit of US food supplier OSI Group in a case involving expired meat....
Bill Clinton: Perpetrators of MH17 crash sought a divided world
The former US president has called for strength in responding to the downing of flight MH17, declaring that those who shot down the plane sided with a brutal vision of the world....
Major US, European and Canadian airlines cancelled flights to and from Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near its main international airport in Tel Aviv....
Villagers in a rural part of eastern India have beaten to death a woman whom they accused of being a witch, police said Tuesday....
MH17 bodies expected Wednesday, IDs could take months
The first bodies from the MH17 crash in Ukraine will be flown on Wednesday to the Netherlands, where their identification could take months, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said....
German court allows patients to grow medical marijuana
A German court ruled for the first time Tuesday that seriously ill patients may grow their own marijuana for medical purposes in certain cases....
Should government review powers of kings?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter