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'Pierre Korkie is now completely deaf'

The family has released a statement again pleading with his captors to release him.

FILE: 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 - Pierre Korkie's family say they're growing increasingly worried about his health following reports that the Bloemfontein teacher, held captive in Yemen for almost a year, has now gone completely deaf.

The family has released a statement again pleading with his captors to release him.

Korkie and his wife Yolande were kidnapped by an al-Qaeda group in May last year.

She was freed and told to come up with R30 million for his safe return.

The family says without communication from the militants Korkie's safety remains unknown.

Last month, Yolande and her children released a video pleading with the kidnappers for his release and for them to have mercy on Korkie.

Video of Yolande and her children pleading for Korkie's release.

She has also thanked South Africans for their support.

Relief organisation the Gift of the Givers says they are in contact with a tribal group in Yemen who is helping them to locate the militants.

Meanwhile, the deadline to pay Korkie's ransom passed last month but his al-Qaeda kidnappers have not contacted his family.

Pictures: EWN