Police have temporarily suspended the search for a missing three-year-old girl who was swept away in flash floods in Alexandra. City authorities insist the flooding is due to excessive rain and not substandard infrastructure.
JOHANNESBURG – Police have recovered the body of a three-year-old girl near the Jukskei River, North of Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.
Body of the baby is being taken by Gauteng Forensic Pathology service pic.twitter.com/aoFprchqU3— DiTiro Selepe (@tiro_1632) November 22, 2016
Saps Captain Kay Makhubele told eNCA.com that the body was found just after 12pm and they were waiting for the family of Everite Chauke to confirm if it is her.
The toddler was swept away by the rushing Jukskei River during flash floods two weeks ago
Baby has been found in Buccleuch (Juskei River) | identification of the baby is yet to be confirmed pic.twitter.com/o2PSqZDl7b— DiTiro Selepe (@tiro_1632) November 22, 2016
Her father Shadrick Chauke, whose shack is on the river bank, had climbed up a tree with her to seek refuge from the floods.
The branch they were holding onto broke and little Everite fell into the water.
The Chaukes were one of the many families left homeless as the river burst its banks and swept shacks
The body was found just after 12pm.
Makhubele said after the body has been identified further investigations will take place, he would not comment on the condition of the corpse.
The flash floods affected areas in and around Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni.
A number of vehicles were trapped on the N3 around the Gillooly's interchange, provincial officials confirmed at least four people have died in the flash floods.