Search continues for Johannesburg girl

2012-10-31 14:24

Johannesburg - The search for a 10-year-old girl who fell into a storm water drain in Ivory Park continued on Wednesday morning, Johannesburg Emergency Medical Services said.

Spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said around 20 emergency officials, eight police officers, and three dogs were searching the Kaalfontein stream, which runs through Ivory Park.

"So far, we have covered around six kilometres," Mulaudzi said shortly before noon on Wednesday.

The girl fell into the drain on Tuesday as she was walking home from school with her friends. Three other children also fell into the water but were rescued by their classmates.

Rescue workers searched for her from 14:00 until dark on Tuesday.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-10-31 14:38

    What a terrible tragedy Where were the covers for this storm water drain? The municipality in this area should be held accountable!

      Forgotten - 2012-10-31 15:38

      I agree Marilyn!!! I have walked passed allot of water drains without these covers on, and when you report it, you get ignored!! The municipality is to blame for such a thing to happen! I will pray for the safe recovery of this young girl

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-10-31 19:49

      Unfortunately if the drain covers are cast iron these get stolen and sold to scrap metal dealers. I've been through some new townships where the basic infrastructure has been built (roads, drainage, electricity) but had to dodge the huge holes where brand new drain covers have all disappeared into the blue yonder. There comes a time when the authorities cannot replace them as fast as they're being stolen. Viva Africa?

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-10-31 14:39

    Lord have mercy!!

  • lunga.matsikechangu - 2012-10-31 15:03

    Most of these drains are actualy a dangerous rivers with water traveling at high currency under our cities and homes

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-31 15:30

    I pray they find her.

  • siphobongohead - 2012-10-31 15:33

    Here is hoping.

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-31 15:36

    The authorities must make regular raids on these scrap metal dealers who buy these drain covers from the 'public'. Make huge fines payable, and shut them down if they repeat offend ie 3 strikes and out. These 'public' are mostly drug and alcohol addicted homeless people who refuse state assitance in the form of shelters. I say chase these useless individuals out of your neighbourhoods and watch all crime drop. There is help available for those who want to help themselves. If you as an individual want to help, give to a reputable NGO or charity, but not these individuals. 'Give responsibly !'.

  • melinda.botha.75 - 2012-10-31 15:42

    people steal them because they sell them for scrap metal

  • siphokazi.mjambana - 2012-11-01 09:49

    police must try to check on storm waters maybe this little gal stuck some where not in the river straight

  • siphokazi.mjambana - 2012-11-01 09:50

    police must try to check on storm waters maybe this little gal stuck some where not in the river straight

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