Yemen tribal leaders assist Korkie search

Gift of the Givers says according to the tribal group Korkie is in a bad condition but, is still alive.

FILE: Gift of the Givers says they are in contact with a group of tribal leaders in Yemen who are helping locate Pierre Korkie's al-Queda kidnappers.

JOHANNESBURG - Relief organisation Gift of the Givers says they are in contact with a group of tribal leaders in Yemen who are helping locate Pierre Korkie's al-Queda kidnappers.

Korkie and his wife were taken hostage in Yemen in May last year, but she has since been released to raise her husband's more than R30 million ransom.

The Gift of the Givers was in talks with the kidnappers earlier this year but had to retract its negotiator after he received death threats.

The organisation's Imtiaz Sooliman says according to the tribal group Korkie is in a bad condition but, is still alive.

"We have placed all trust in the tribal leaders in Abyan. Abyan is the area where al-Queda leadership is concentrated. There's hope that these people in Abyan will try to find al-Queda, speak to them and try re-establish negotiations.

"Even to at least try to get Pierre released from them."

Sooliman says it's still too early to know whether the tribal leaders have managed to track down Korkie's kidnappers.

"It's still very early. It takes seven days to get an appointment from the time they find them. We're not sure have they found them yet or they've found somebody who knows them, we're at that phase now.

"We just have to wait, unfortunately, until something happens."