Press Conference with Yolande Korkie

You have repeatedly requested an interview with Yolande Korkie who has just returned from Yemen. She is physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted given her ordeal with the terrifying prospect of her husband Pierre being executed this Friday as the ransom demands cannot be met. Not to impose on her difficult circumstances and to prevent repetition of the same questions by the media fraternity we have decided to set up a press conference at the Gift of the Givers Logistics Centre, 22 Orchard Road, Chrystal Gardens, Bramley View, Johannesburg on Thursday , 16 January 2014 at 1pm.

There seems to be some misunderstanding regarding Yolande's presence at the press conference today. Please note that Yolande will most certainly be there. She is exhausted and in difficult circumstances but understands that she has to make this one last effort as the deadline for Pierre is only 24 hours away. She will be making the drive from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg. Please don't request individual interviews for now as you will exhaust her completely. However, you may discuss your needs with her personally at the press conference. Whatever Yolande then decides is her prerogative. At the same time we have to mention that we have now reached a dead end with the negotiations. It's wait and see approach from both sides