Korkie family anxiously awaits news

There's been no communication between the al-Qaeda militants and the Gift of the Givers since Thursday.

Pierre Korkie is being held hostage by al-Qaeda militants in the Yemeni city of Taiz. Main picture: AFP. Inset picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - A Bloemfontein family is eagerly awaiting news on the fate of Pierre Korkie who is being held by terrorist group al-Qaeda in Yemen as the deadline for a R30 million ransom draws nearer.

Pierre and his wife Yolande were captured by al-Qaeda in May last year. Exactly week ago Yolande was released and given eight days to raise money to pay the ransom for her husband.

On Thursday the 43-year-old woman made an international plea for a stay of execution to the terror group and pleaded with them to release Pierre, who has now fallen ill.

Yolande Korkie attends a press conference in Johannesburg on 16 January 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

There's been no communication between the al-Qaeda militants and the Gift of the Givers since Thursday night when the negotiators reiterated that they can't afford to pay the ransom.

The terrorist group had threatened to execute the Pierre if the ransom was not paid.

Gift of the Givers chairman Imtiaz Sooliman says it's unclear what al-Qaeda will do next and they've moved their negotiator to a place of safety.

Yolande Korkie with Gift of the Givers' Dr Imtiaz Sooliman during a press conference in Johannesburg on 16 January 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

"We don't want to take a chance so we've moved our negotiator to a place where nobody knows where he is."

South Africa's Deputy Minister of International Relations Ebrahim Ebrahim has since announced he will fly to Yemen tomorrow in a bid to secure Pierre's safe return.