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Pelizzari, Calitz doing well – family

Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz are expected to testify against suspected pirates in Netherlands.

Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari shortly after their release. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Family members of a South African couple who were held hostage by Somali pirates in October 2010 said they are doing well.

This follows the couple's release in June 2012.

Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz are due to testify against five suspected pirates in the Netherlands at the end of October.

It is believed the men are part of a group of 20, who were arrested by the Dutch navy at the end of 2010.

Calitz finished writing a book about her ordeal, something her daughter Kerry-Ann Cross said helped her mother move on.

"She is wonderful. She is a new person and is positive."

Pelizzari's sister Vera Hecht said Bruno he is doing well.

"He is a lot more relaxed."

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