Cops dig in search of missing girls

Mitchells Plain police are following up leads in connection with the disappearance of two girls.

Police forensics dig behind the Mitchells Plain homes of Shaskia Michaels and Kauthar Bobbs on 18 October 2013. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police forensic experts in Hazmat suits are digging a deep hole behind the homes of two missing Mitchells Plain girls.

Shaskia Michaels went missing five weeks ago while her neighbour Kauthar Bobbs has been missing for more than a year now.

The area has been cordoned off by police but it has not kept dozens of people from gathering around the scene to watch proceedings.

A large part of Langeberg Street in Tafelsig is cordoned off while a police forensics team digs behind the homes of the two girls.

Dozens of people have gathered, watching closely while the six forensics experts are hard at work.

The hole is now more than a metre deep.

Members of the Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum are also on the scene, helping police to keep curious onlookers out of the cordoned off zone.

Shaskia was last seen outside her home, playing with friends.

Two men were questioned in connection with her disappearance before being released.

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