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Korkie's family 'not giving up hope'

Pierre Korkie’s family won’t give up hope as they continue efforts to raise R30m for his ransom.

Pierre Korkie’s family won’t give up hope as they continue efforts to raise R30m for his ransom.

JOHANNESBURG - Family members of South African teacher Pierre Korkie say they are not giving up hope, as they wait for word from al-Qaeda militants in Yemen regarding his fate.

Korkie's family has since asked for privacy, but a family member told Eyewitness News they were not giving up and they are continuing with efforts to raise the ransom money.

Both the family and Gift of the Givers say they are hoping for a miracle.

Negotiators say it's unclear if Korkie is still alive.

Korkie has been in captivity since May last year and the group has threatened to execute him if his family do not pay a R30 million ransom by Saturday.

His wife Yolande, who was kidnapped with him, was released by the group last month after the Gift of the Givers Foundation managed to successfully negotiate her release.

However, talks between the kidnappers and the relief organisation over Pierre's release broke down over a week ago.

Negotiators say they are extremely concerned about Korkie's health and say there has been no communication from kidnappers on the matter.