Reward increased as search for missing Shasha-Lee continues

2015-06-02 18:36
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Cape Town - As the family of missing Shasha Lee November still live in hope that their daughter will be found almost a month after her disappearance, another R10 000 has been added to the reward.

The donor, who would like to remain anonymous, contacted Mayor Patricia De Lille’s office to offer the incentive for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of her abductors, the City of Cape Town said in a statement.

This brings the total reward offered to R35 000, after De Lille approved a R25 000 reward shortly after the six-year-old went missing on May 3.

Shasha-Lee was last seen playing metres from her Groenel Walk, Hanover Park, home late that afternoon. She was wearing white shorts and a T-shirt at the time of her disappearance.

Search teams were established after she was reported missing, but no trace of the child was found.

Community leader Ricardo Sedres said sporadic searches are still being conducted as leads are received from locals.

“However, the reward offer has led to lots of false stories being passed on as people try their luck in hopes that their supposed tip-offs will result in a jackpot,” he said.

“We follow up every lead and when it’s just hot air, it wastes our time.”

In spite of this, Sedres said hopes remain alive that the little girl, affectionately known as Meisie, will still be found.

Cape Town Child Welfare chief executive, Niresh Ramklass, told News24 that while a family who has lost a child experiences severe trauma, it is often more severe for the loved ones of someone who has been reported missing.

“With death comes closure. Those near to the victim know that they will never be reunited with the deceased.

“But the parents of a missing child experience a similar loss for as long as he or she is missing. They wait and hope for their little one’s return. For some this is a wait that will extend through their entire life.”

A variety of reasons may lead to the disappearance of a child, he explained.

“In older age groups, there is a higher likelihood of the individual running away from home.

“In the case of children under the age of 10, more often than not the child has been taken. It is unlikely that they would leave their parents as at this age they are still attached to their homes and dependent on their caregivers.”

There is no waiting period to report the disappearance of a child, Ramklass maintained.

“Alert the police as soon as you realise he or she is missing. If the person behind the counter does not want to take your case, take people from your community with you until you are heard. The sooner there is a search, the quicker the person may be found.” 

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