Missing child: Two arrested

As the search for missing Shaskia Michaels enters day five, two suspects have been arrested and detained.

As the search for missing Shaskia Michaels enters day five two suspects have been arrested and detained.

CAPE TOWN - Two men who were arrested on Sunday and are being questioned in connection with the disappearance of Mitchells Plain four-year-old Shaskia Michaels.

The search for the little girl has now entered its fifth day.

Michaels disappeared last Thursday after she was last seen playing with friends outside her home.

Western Cape police's Andre Traut said, "Two men aged 41 and 21 are being detained on a charge of kidnapping relating to the disappearance of Shaskia. We are still searching for Shaskia and appeal to the public to assist us."

He said authorities are determined to find the little girl.

"The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are being investigated as a high priority."

At the same time the City of Cape Town has offered a R50,000 reward for any information which could help authority's in their search.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille joined a search party on Sunday.

She said the concern of Mitchells Plain residents is palpable.

"If you think back a few years you'll remember the 'Station Strangler' who abducted, raped and murdered so many Mitchells Plain kids."

De Lille urged communities to stand together, saying it's the only way to keep criminal elements at bay.

She said she hopes the reward offered will bring information leading to the little girl's discovery.