Parents of missing 3-year-old girl to identify a body this morning

The body of a child was found 10 kilometres north of Alexandra, trapped in a tree and some rubble.

FILE: Gauteng Social Development dept. MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza visits Alexandra residents affected by last weeks flash floods. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The parents of three-year-old Everite Chauke will view the body of a girl found along the Jukskei River on Tuesday.

The body was found 10 kilometres north of Alexandra, trapped in a tree and some rubble.

Chauke was washed away by flash floods over two weeks ago and this may be the closure her family has been looking for.

The parents of the three-year-old had to endure one more night before they will know if the body found is indeed that of their daughter.

They underwent counselling through the night at the Bramley Police station and will go identify the body this morning.

The police’s Kay Makhubele says that the counselling was important so that the family would be better prepared for whatever the outcome of the identification process may be.

“It might happen that maybe when they identify the body they find out that it’s their child, so it’s good for the person to be prepared.”

The Chauke family and dozens others who lost their homes in the floods are currently being housed at a relief centre set up by Gift of the Givers.

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(Edited by Leeto Khoza)