Search continues for Alexandra toddler swept away

2016-11-22 05:42
Four men sit on top of a shack and watch the Jukskei river, which runs dangerously close to homes after the river eroded the bank. (Ihsaan Haffejee, GroundUp)

Four men sit on top of a shack and watch the Jukskei river, which runs dangerously close to homes after the river eroded the bank. (Ihsaan Haffejee, GroundUp)

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WATCH: President Jacob Zuma visits Alexandra's flood victims

2016-11-15 13:40

On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma visited the victims of flash flood in Alexandra. Three-year-old Everite Chauke is still missing.WATCH

Pretoria – A decision about whether to continue the search for missing Alexandra toddler Everite Chauke will be taken on Tuesday, Johannesburg emergency services said on Monday.

“It is now a body recovery, and tomorrow police will advise if the search is being called off or continues,” spokesperson Nana Radebe said.

“We searched most of the area and we didn’t find anything.”

Since the three-year-old was swept away by the flooded Jukskei River on November 9, the search team had moved to Hartebeespoort Dam.

Police finished searching the dam on Monday.

Everite, her father Shadrick, and his wife were in their makeshift home in Alexandra, next to the Jukskei River, when it started raining heavily. When water began filling their dwelling, they climbed a tree.

The mother was on one branch, and father and daughter on another. The branch broke and Everite fell into the water. Shadrick jumped in after her, but was forced to swim back to safety without her.


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