Parents, search parties ‘worn out’ as search for Alex girl continues

Officials searched through 70 km of the Jukskei River to Hartbeespoort, twice, and have still not found Everlate Chauke.

The Jukskei River in Alexandra pictured following floods in the area on 10 November 2016. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - After a two-week search operation for a three-year-old girl who was swept away by flash floods in Alexandra, Johannesburg Emergency Services (EMS), police and divers are expected to meet today to decide on a way forward.

The operation is now in its second week, with divers searching from the Alexandra township where Chauke was initially lost, to the Hartebeespoort Dam.

The three-year-old lost grip of her father’s arms during the flash floods last week.

Officials have searched through 70 kilometres of the Jukskei River to Hartbeespoort, twice, and they still have not found Everlate Chauke.

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EMS spokesperson Nana Radebe says everyone including the parents of the little girl are worn out by the search and the emotional bearing of the situation.

“It has come to a point where it’s tiring, all they want is for us to either bring them something so that they are able to bury their child or accept what has happened, but it’s taken quite a long time.”

(Edited by Neo Koza)