SA joins hands in prayer for Korkie

The Gift of the Givers is hoping to make contact with his kidnappers soon.

A picture of Pierre Korkie is pinned to a notice board at the Christ Church Mayfair in Johannesburg during an inter-faith prayer service calling for his release, 7 February 2014. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A prayer service is being held for Bloemfontein teacher Pierre Korkie in Mayfair, Johannesburg, on Friday evening.

At the same time, al-Qaeda militants in Yemen holding him captive remain silent with less than 24 hours to go until a R30 million ransom deadline expires.

Leaders from relief organisation Gift of the Givers say although they haven't heard from the kidnappers in nearly two weeks, they believe they will make contact soon.

The group says the captors will either contact them to reveal where Korkie will be released or to say where his body has been left after being executed.

Pierre and his wife Yolande were taken hostage in May.

Yolande has since been released and is anxiously waiting with her two children for any word from the kidnappers.

The country has joined hands in prayer for Korkie at a multi-faith prayer service at the Christ Church Mayfair on Friday evening.

A relative says the family will not give up as the clock ticks down to the deadline.

The Gift of the Givers thanked the public and media for all the support during the hostage saga.

It called on everyone to join them in prayer.

Free #Korkie - Deadline looming. RETWEET & let's get this trending worldwide. Also pray for his safe return. #FreeKorkie @GiftoftheGivers