Pierre Korkie’s remains arrive in SA

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SABRINA DEAN – The mortal remains of slain South African hostage Pierre Korkie have arrived back in the country.

Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Neslon Kgwete confirmed to Bloemfontein Courant that the plane carrying Korkie’s body landed in Pretoria at 6.30am. "The plane was supposed to land last night but there were some delays so it only landed at 6.30 this morning," he says.

Kgwete says Korkie’s remains were received by Dirco Director General Jerry Matjila and US ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard. "The family was part of the team receiving the body," he says.

He says a post mortem will now be conducted before Korkie’s remains are handed over to his family for burial arrangements.

Pierre’s wife Yolande is meanwhile expected to address a press conference at the Gift of the Givers’ offices in Bramley, Johannesburg, later this morning.

Piere and Yolande were kidnapped by rebels in Yemen in 2013. Yolande was released without ransom at the start of this year but the rebels were demanding a payment in excess of R30 million to secure Pierre’s release.

He was killed at the weekend during a botched rescue mission by US Navy Seals to free Luke Somers, a US photo journalist who also died in the attempt.