Militants refuse to release Korkie
Gift of the Givers says the kidnappers are still demanding a R30 million ransom.
JOHANNESBURG - Al-Qaeda linked militants in Yemen have refused to release South African teacher Pierre Korkie, saying they have two other hostages and will not make any exceptions.
Local relief group the Gift of the Givers says tribal leaders met with the kidnappers on Monday to negotiate Korkie's release, but they refused to free him and are still insisting on a R30 million ransom.
Korkie and his wife Yolande were kidnapped in May last year and she was released in January.
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 in February 2014. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.
Gift of the Givers' Imtiaz Sooliman said, "They told us to give them the ransom money and we could have Korkie immediately. We understood that to mean he's alive."
Meanwhile, Korkie's family said last week they were growing increasingly worried about his health following reports that the Bloemfontein teacher had now gone completely deaf.
The family released a statement again pleading with his captors to release him. Picture: Volksblad
Last month, Yolande and her children released a video pleading with the kidnappers for his release and for them to have mercy on Korkie.
She has also thanked South Africans for their support.