SA couple expected home next week
Pelizzari and Calitz are visiting family in Rome after they were released by Somali pirates.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African couple released from captivity by Somali pirates will return home next week.
Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz were held hostage for 20 months.
They were abducted from a yacht off the East African coast in October 2010.
Their release follows a joint operation between South African, Somali and Italian officials.
The couple is currently in Rome to visit Pelizzari's 82-year-old mother.
According to Pelizzari's sister, Vera Hecht, the two are very thin and pale after spending 604 days in captivity.
She said they were kept in a confined and dark space.
"They [the pirates] fattened them up a bit when they realised they would be released."
Hecht said family members in Italy were ecstatic to see them.
"It was a very emotional day."