Korkie family begs for the release of Pierre

The family of the kidnapped South African teacher are also appealing to the public for donations.

Yolande Korkie is flanked by her children during an emotional appeal to al-Qaeda to release her husband Pierre just two days before the group has said it would execute him. Picture: Volksblad.

JOHANNESBURG - As concerns grow around the health of Bloemfontein teacher Pierre Korkie, his family has made another impassioned plea to his captors in Yemen to release him.

Korkie and his wife Yolande were kidnapped in May last year.

Yolande was released in January with the help of relief group Gift of the Givers, but the kidnappers are still demanding a $3 million ransom for her husband's release.

Earlier this week, the al-Qaeda linked militants refused to release Korkie, saying they had two other hostages and would not make an exception for him.

In a statement released last night, Korkie's family once again pleaded for donations to help secure his release.

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.

A tribal group helped the family speak to the kidnappers earlier this week.

Yolande and her two children said they remain optimistic about this new development.

Last month, the family 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

The family has asked for any contribution to the fund to raise the ransom money demanded by the al-Qaeda affiliated group.

Yolande said she remains very concerned about her husband's health as he's "gravely ill".