Govt working to identify Somali hostages

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pretoria - The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is working with its international counterparts in Somalia to investigate whether two people kidnapped there are South Africans.

According to reports, three people on a yacht in the Indian Ocean were hijacked by Somali pirates last week.

One of the men was shot dead by the pirates because he refused to get off the yacht. The department has confirmed he was not a South African citizen.

Departmental spokesperson Saul Molobi said they would communicate more information as soon as investigations were concluded.