No word on fate of kidnapped S. Africans

The exact whereabouts of two South Africans abducted by Somali pirates in east Africa remains unknown...

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The exact whereabouts of two South Africans abducted by Somali pirates in east <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on">Africa remains unknown.

A third local, who owns the yacht the pirates hijacked last week, managed to escape and is safely in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Kenya</country-region>. The vessel was overrun on Thursday last week and doubt has since been cast on weekend reports that one of its crew was killed.

No ransom demands have been made. It is understood the group that has kidnapped them is from Barawa in the south of the country and that is where they are being held.

The International Relations and Cooperation Department’s Saul Molobi said it is doing everything it can to help find them.

“The department is rendering consular assistance and Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has conveyed her thoughts and prayers to the family during this trying time,” said Molobi.

The owner of the yacht is now under the protection of officials at the South African high commission in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Mombasa.