‘Anguish’ as Angel Sibanda’s father identified her body

The little girl’s father, Thabani Tshuma, says he will never forget seeing his daughter’s body.

FILE: Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza visited the stream where 6-year-old Angel Sibanda's body was found after being swept by a current during flash floods last week. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNEBSURG - Angel Sibanda's father has described his anguish at having to identify the body of his only daughter who drowned in the Jukskei River during flash floods.

Sibanda was last seen on Thursday before being swept away during the heavy downpours.

The six-year-old was found on Sunday after an extensive search.

The little girl's father, Thabani Tshuma, says he will never forget seeing his daughter's body.

"As soon as I removed the cover, I could see that it was daughter, but she had been hurt."

Tshuma has described Angel as being a child who enjoyed playing with her peers as often as possible.

"She loved to play. She would often come home from school, take off her uniform and go straight outside to play with her friends."

Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza has conveyed the government's condolences to the family, committing to provide both emotional and financial support for the burial.