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'Yolande Korkie en route to SA'

Korkie’s husband Pierre is still being held hostage by Yemeni militants as negotiations toughen.

Gift of the Givers' Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, who says Yolande Korkie is distraught over her husband's continued custody. Picture: Facebook.
Gift of the Givers,Pierre and Yolande Korkie,Imtiaz Sooliman,Gift of the Givers Foundation
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JOHANNESBURG – Relief organisation Gift of the Givers has confirmed that a Bloemfontein teacher who was kidnapped and held hostage along with her husband in Yemen will soon arrive home in South Africa.

Yolande and Pierre Korkie were abducted nine months ago by men with alleged links to Al-Qaeda.

Yolande was released on Friday after tense negotiations between the kidnappers and Gift of the Givers.

However, the group is still demanding a R30 million ransom for her husband.

Gift of the Givers’ Imtiaz Sooliman says it’s still unclear when Yolande will arrive on home soil.

Meanwhile, he says face-to-face talks with the kidnappers will resume in Yemen from Tuesday.

Sooliman says they expect the negotiations to be tough and will involve them having to prove that the Korkies are South African, not American.

He says Gift of the Givers is taking Yolande and Pierre’s passports along to help with this.

Yolande is reportedly distraught and desperate to raise the money for the ransom.

She has been separated from her husband for three weeks.

However, Pierre has now been informed that she is safely on her way home.

(Edited by Craig Wynn)

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