The body of a female minor has been found in Liesbeek River on the N2 outbound under the M5 bridge. The identity of the body is currently unknown.
“Please be informed that a death inquest case has been opened for investigation after a body of an unidentified child was found. Post-mortem will be conducted to determine cause of death,” said SAPS spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana.
This discovery follows after eight-year-old Abieda Paulse and Yusuf Kiroboto, the man who tried to help her, both fell into a canal near the Vygieskraal informal settlement in Athlone on Thursday, July 9 and were swept away. Neither bodies have been found since.
Radio 786 confirmed in a post on Facebook that the little girl’s mother, Malieka Paulse, will be going to the Mowbray Police Station on Tuesday. The mother said police informed her that the girl’s clothes were identical to that of the missing child.