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News of the South African Couple Held Hostage

By Val Ellis last modified Feb 04, 2011 05:13 PM

Published: 2011-02-04 17:13:14
Topics: Piracy Reports 2011
Countries: South Africa

Posted 31st January 2011

The captors of the two South Africans who were taken hostage last year while on passage from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Richards Bay, South Africa, are demanding seventy million ZAR (10 million USD) as ransom for their release.

Family representatives of Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz spoke to the media this morning in Pretoria and informed them that they were contacted by the pirates.

Pellizzari and Calitz are apparently held in or close to Barawa in the south of Somalia.

The government has stated in the past that no ransom will be paid.

The deputy director-general in the department of International relations - Clayson Monyela - says they are rendering government assistance to the families.

See this article for the story from the skipper involved.

Our thanks to Riaan Norval for sending Noonsite this information.