Hope fades as search for missing girl continues

2015-05-07 20:30
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Cape Town - After four days of around the clock searches for a missing 6-year-old girl, hopes of finding her unscathed are fading fast, volunteers admit.

Shasha Lee November went missing from her Hanover Park home, in Cape Town, on Sunday afternoon.

She was last seen playing with her friends at 16:00 that day.

Her father Calvin November said his concern for his daughter’s well-being was overwhelming.

“I don’t know what to do anymore. We just need for her to come home to us,” he said despondently.

And while the search for the little girl initially started with a 300-strong team of residents, the numbers have since dwindled to just over 100.

“Frustrations are growing,” said search team leader Igshaan Nazier.

“We have no solid leads. It’s as if she just disappeared.”

This hasn’t stopped the committed group of mostly women hitting the street from morning until night.

"I am tired, but I will keep on walking," one volunteer told News24.

"This could have been my child. We cannot throw in the towel until she is found.”

Wearing overalls and a pair of comfortable slippers, the 56-year-old woman said most of the team had been spending every waking hour searching through ditches, walking through alleys and struggling through dense bushes and fields in the hopes of finding Shasha.

"But the number of volunteers is decreasing by the day. Most of us will keep walking, but I am worried and afraid for her. This entire community is concerned."

Almost every home has a missing person’s poster of Sasha on its boundary wall. Some have been decorated with drawings of crying faces and messages of hope.

The family’s modest Groenel Walk home is situated in the heart of a gang stronghold. But since Shasha’s disappearance, not one bullet has been fired, says resident Amy Londt. 

“It is sad that it has taken an incident like this to bring the community together.

"Neighbours who have never spoken to each other are now keeping in touch for regular updates about the search. This is a joint effort and the best reward will be bringing her back to her parents alive and well.”

Volunteers were upset by rumours circulating that the child’s body had been found on Thursday.

“Until there is proof of otherwise, we will keep believing that Shasha is alive,” volunteer Sarah Wilton insisted.

“We serve an awesome God. He will point our feet in the right direction. The Lord leads the way and until we find her, we will keep walking.”

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