Still no proof of Korkie’s life

Imtiaz Sooliman said they were holding on to the hope that Pierre Korkie is still alive.

Pierre Korkie was raken hostage by al-Qaeda militants in the Yemeni city of Taiz. Main picture: AFP. Inset picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Relief group the Gift of the Givers said it believes Bloemfontein teacher Pierre Korkie is still alive a year after he was kidnapped in Yemen.

The group's Imtiaz Sooliman said they are holding on to the hope that the Bloemfontein teacher is still alive.

"We haven't physically seen it but there's evidence and we've taken it on face value. On 17 March the kidnappers told us to give them the ransom and we can get Korkie so that means he's still alive."


Korkie's family quoted late former president Nelson Mandela in their latest emotional appeal to al-Qaeda in Yemen, saying they refused to stop fighting for his safe return.

Next week will mark exactly a year since Korkie and his wife Yolande were taken hostage by their kidnappers in Yemen.

Yolande was released in January to raise the more than R30 million ransom for Korkie's release.

In the video she spoke on behalf of her two children, begging the kidnappers to release their father unharmed.

"I'm reminded of Madiba's words who said a task looks impossible until it is done. We will not give up until he's released."

Yolande said that the family desperately misses him.

She also thanked everyone for their support during the difficult time.

In February, Yolande and her children released a video pleading with the kidnappers for Korkie's safe release.

The kidnappers threatened to execute Korkie if his family failed to pay the ransom.