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Korkie negotiator fears for his life

Anas al-Hamati says all negotiations with al-Qaeda militants in Lebanon have stopped.

Anas al-Hamati (right) is a member of the Gift of the Givers Foundation. Picture: Belinda Moses/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Gift of the Givers negotiator who was trying to help secure the release of South African Pierre Korkie, Anas al-Hamati, has told Eyewitness News he fears for his life.

Al-Hamati is now in Dubai and says all negotiations with the al-Qaeda militants in Lebanon have stopped as he was the only one speaking to them directly.

Korkie and his wife Yolande were captured in May last year and the terrorist group is asking for a ransom of R30 million.

Yolande was released with no ransom paid earlier this month.

Al-Hamati says he doesn't regret his involvement in the matter.

While he's worked for the Gift of the Givers foundation for only a year he says helping Yolande get home safely is what his work is all about.

He wishes there was more that could be done to make sure Korkie returns safely to South Africa.

"His life is not in my hands but in God's hands. I tried my best to save his life, Yolande asked me why I'm helping them and I told her it's my duty."

Meanwhile, Gift of the Givers said on Tuesday al-Hamati would be leaving for his own safety.

The Yemeni government subsequently urged the negotiator to leave the country for his own safety.

The South African government said at the outset that it would not pay any ransom as it went against its foreign policy.

Gift of the Givers' Imtiaz Sooliman said they would keep up their efforts to bring Korkie home.

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