Shaskia's parents remain hopeful

A candle light vigil was held for Shaskia Michaels and Kauthar Bobbs.

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CAPE TOWN - The parents of a missing four-year-old Mitchells Plain girl say they remain hopeful their child will be found alive.

Shaskia Michaels disappeared more than a week ago while she was playing outside her home.

Her father Salie Brenner fought back tears as he spoke about his missing daughter.

Brenner thanked dozens of residents for holding a candle light vigil commemorating all missing persons, including Shaskia and her neighbour Kauthar Bobbs.

Bobbs disappeared while playing at a nearby park in October last year and she has still not been found.

"It's very sad and difficult for us. But we are still hoping she will come back to us."

Brenner and Shaskia's mother, Anthea, appeared tired, saying they haven't been sleeping well since the little girl's disappearance.

They are calling on anyone who knows where the children are, to come forward.

Two men who were questioned in connection with her disappearance have since been released.

But authorities are still looking for a man named Robert Sylvester, whom they believe can help find her.

The City of Cape Town has offered a R50,000 reward for any information which could help authorities.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said she is hoping people will start assisting authorities.

(Leeto M. Khoza)