Search for NW DA leader lost in Nepal called off

The DA’s Nicolize van der Walt says the search was called off due to lack of leads.

FILE: The Klerksdorp woman's husband and two children are on their way back yo SA after saying their last goodbyes. Picture: Suplied.

CAPE TOWN - The search and rescue operation for a South African who went missing on a light aircraft with a Russian pilot in Nepal has been called off.

The Klerksdorp woman's husband and two children are now on their way back from that country after saying their last goodbyes.

Petro Nel was on holiday in Nepal when she flew over the Himalayas shortly before the plane lost contact with air traffic control on the eighth of October.

She was the Democratic Alliance's North West deputy leader from Klerksdorp.

The party's Nicolize van der Walt says family and friends helped pay the fees for the search and rescue team.

"It's very costly and we had to pay for the search and rescue teams in dollars so the main reason is there were no leads anymore."