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Yolande Korkie delivers emotional appeal

The wife of Pierre Korkie has released a video begging the kidnappers to stop his execution.

Yolande Korkie is flanked by her children during an emotional appeal to al-Qaeda to release her husband Pierre just two days before the group has said it would execute him. Picture: Volksblad.

JOHANNESBURG - In an emotional video appeal to al-Qaeda Yolande Korkie on Thursday pleaded with militants in Yemen to consider her husband's poor health and release him unconditionally.

Yolande's "final appeal" was posted a short while ago, just 48 hours before Bloemfontein teacher Pierre Korkie's R30 million ransom is due.

His kidnappers have said if the cash is not paid by Saturday, he will be executed.

In the video, Yolande holds an Ons Stad newspaper with the headline, "Al-Kaïda stil oor Korkie" (al-Qaeda silent over Korkie), as she greets her former captors in Arabic.

She holds hands with her two children for the entire two minute clip and both she and her daughter don head scarfs.

Yolande pleaded with the militants to either free her husband or continue negotiations for his release.

Relief organisation Gift of the Givers, which has led the negotiation process, has not had contact with the kidnappers for 11 days now.

It's still unclear whether Pierre is even alive.

He was capture by al-Qaeda 10 months ago.

Gift of the Givers says an inter-faith prayer will be held on Friday from 6pm at the Christ Church in Mayfair, Johannesburg.

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