'Korkie kidnapping talks complex'

Gift of the Givers says negotiations for Pierre Korkie's release are not going smoothly.

Pierre Korkie, who is being held hostage by Yemeni militants. His wife Yolande was released on 10 January 2014. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Aid organisation Gift of the Givers says negotiations to free a South African man held captive in Yemen are once again underway, but are not going well.

Pierre Korkie and his wife Yolande were kidnapped in May last year by a group believed to be linked to al-Qaeda.

The organisation's Imtiaz Sooliman says a major part of the process is trying to convince the kidnappers to reduce their ransom demand and extend the deadline they've set for it to be paid.

Yolande was released on Friday and is en route to South Africa from where she is expected to begin raising funds to have her husband freed.

The kidnappers are demanding $3 million (around R30 million) for his freedom.

Currently, Sooliman says negotiations are not looking good.

"The problem is we're not talking to the same guys now. Only one of the guys is the same from last week, the other ones have changed. So we're starting the process all over again."

Sooliman spoke to 567 CapeTalk/Talk Radio 702's Stephen Grootes about the difficulties faced by negotiators. Click to listen to the full interview below: