No word from Korkie kidnappers

Still no word from al-Qaeda kidnappers as Pierre Korkie's ransom deadline passes.

FILE: Pierre Korkie’s kidnappers are yet to say a word even after the deadline day to pay his ransom has passed. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The deadline to pay South African teacher Pierre Korkie's ransom has passed - but there's still no word from his al-Qaeda kidnappers in Yemen.

He and his wife, Yolande were taken hostage in Yemen in May last year. She was released in January and told to raise a more than R30 million ransom for her husband's safe return.

Negotiators last made contact with Korkie's kidnappers more than 13 days ago.

The relief organization Gift of the Givers has been involved in negotiating his release.

Its founder, Imtiaz Sooliman remains hopeful that Korkie is alive.

"I actually don't believe they will do anything today. We all know it's a little too difficult to understand because their minds keep changing. I don't think they will do anything to Pierre today.

"My biggest fear is his health. If Pierre is still alive because of his health, that is the biggest problem. If nothing has happened to him because of his own health then that's fine."