Plans in place to negotiate for Korkie’s release

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CHRISTAL-LIZE MULLER

Efforts to approach members of the Al Qaeda group holding the former South African teacher from Bloemfontein, Pierre Korkie, captive in Yemen are ongoing.

Gift of the Giver’s, Imtiaz Sooliman, says since tribal leaders met with Korkie’s captors on March 17 this year, the organization in conjunction with various role players have been working hard on meaningful and substantial ways to negotiate with the group holding him hostage.

Het told Bloemfontein Courant that they are working on a meaningful package to negotiate with Al Qaeda since no ransom is available. He did not want to reveal more information, but says they are detirmened to negoitiate for Pierre’s safe release and return to South Africa.

Sooliman says it is extremely important to bring a "substantial package"  to the table for Korkie to be released. The next ten days are crucial to get a proper approach in place.

Today 109 days ago Pierre’s wife Yolandé was released by their captors without ransom being paid. She is currently with their teenage children in Bloemfontein.

The Korkies were abducted by a group of men in front of a hotel in the city of Taiz in Yemen on May 27 last year.