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FAMILY members of one of the four South African peacekeepers who were kidnapped in Sudan say they had feared they would never see their loved ones alive again.
Constable Macey Ramantsi, Colonel Ntlogeleng Aucone, Captain Michael Annett and Sergeant Michael Melanzi were abducted at gunpoint by rebels in Sudan's war-torn region of Darfur recently.
The four were returning from work when they were captured and driven into the desert, where they spent 15 days sleeping under one blanket and wearing the same clothes.
Ramantsi's sister, Annah Baepi, said she was grateful that her sister had returned unharmed.
"We learnt about the abduction three days later. it was the longest two weeks of my life," Baepi said. "At first the police said they were lost but we were terrified when we learnt from the media that they had been kidnapped.
"It was difficult for the whole family, especially the two children, because we know that terrible things happen in war-torn countries.
We thought we would never see her alive again. We prayed for them every day. We were so relieved when they were released."
Ramantsi, who struggled to hold back tears, said she was grateful to be alive.
The four were among the 504 South African policemen and women currently taking part in the African Union-UN mission in Darfur.
Aucone said they had not known whether they were going to live or die.
"Everything happened so quickly, but we remained calm," Aucone said. "They would tell us we were being released but later say we were not. It was terrible.
"Though they treated us well we pinched ourselves when we were released. We are happy to be alive and free."
Melanzi, who is a detective in Brooklyn, Pretoria, said it was a bad experience but that they would go back to finish what they had started.
"We don't want to look like cowards," he said. "We want to raise our flag high and show the world what South Africans can do for peace."
National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele said President Jacob Zuma and police negotiator Colonel Ernest Strydom had played a significant role in securing the release of the four.
Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa said the four had undergone the necessary medical and psychological examination.
"We will provide psychological support until they are fit to return to work," he said.