Night vigil for Sasha-Lee

2015-05-12 06:00

The search continues for the six-year-old girl who went missing from her home on Sunday last week.

The residents of Hanover Park have been on a frantic search since then when Sasha-Lee November, the youngest of five children, went missing while playing in front of her parents’ home in Groenal Walk.

Search efforts continued all week to find the girl affectionately known as Meisie.

On Friday last week, community members held a night vigil, sending out prayers and words of encouragement for the safe return of the girl.

Hanover Park Civic Association spokesperson Igshaan Nazier, who coordinated a search, says they started searching for ­Sasha on Monday morning, the day after her disappearance.

“Her parents last saw Sasha round about 16:00 on Sunday. She was reported missing the next morning. We started our search at 10:00 the same day she was reported missing,” he says.

Nazier adds she was playing with friends in the road when she went missing.

“Her parents said the last time they saw her was just after 16:00 on Sunday and did not know she went missing at the time. They then went to Philippi police station the next morning to report her missing,” he adds.

Sasha’s eldest sister Jasmine Harris (27) says the family is hurt by the disappearance of her sibling and that speculations about her disappearance have added salt to the wound.

“We are anxious for the return of our sister. People have been spreading rumours saying we know where she is and that we found her in our bathroom a long time ago. What do they think of us? We would never hurt our own blood,” she says.

Sasha’s brother Fabian Williams (24) says he just wants her “to return home safely”.

“We have been looking for her for nearly a week and we just want her back already. The support from the community has been amazing and we are grateful for all donations received and moral support offered,” he says.

The siblings add that their home has had a very sombre atmosphere since Sasha went missing.

“Our 10-year-old brother doesn’t even want to be in the house because he says our sister isn’t here. He is very hurt by it and the atmosphere at home is just not the same.”

The family has expressed heartfelt thanks to the community for assisting in the search since Monday.

“Since the search started we have received overwhelming response from the community. We appreciate the support and all donations received during this trying time.”

Philippi police spokesperson Lieutenant Lance Goliath confirms Sasha was reported missing at his station.

“This office confirms that a six-year-old girl of Groenal Walk has gone missing on Sunday 3 May at about 16:00,” he says.

He adds residents, family and many organisations, including the local community police forum, police, Pink Ladies, neighbourhood watch and other law enforcement agencies, got involved in the search.

“The missing child was last seen playing with friends about a block away from her house. We are following up on all leads and information,” Goliath confirms.

A joint operations centre has been established at the Philippi police station.

At the time of going to print Sasha was not yet found, Nazier confirms.

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Anyone with information may call the joint operation centre on 021 690 1500 or 08600 10111. Alternatively, call the investigating officer Constable Keith Wakefield on 083 471 4716

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