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Mayor shares pain with grieving family of missing girl Print E-mail
28 November 2012
 
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The Executive Mayor Mpho ParksTau visited Ivory Park on Monday afternoon to share with the community their deep pain and sorrow following the disappearance of a 10-year-old primary school girl, who was swept away by storm water after slipping and falling into a drain during heavy rains in October.
 
This was Executive Mayor Tau’s second visit to the township since Millicent Mampa, a Grade 4 pupil at Bomwelong Primary School, disappeared without trace on Tuesday, 30 October. Numerous efforts by the South African Police Service, Johannesburg Emergency Services and police sniffer dogs to find her have so far been unsuccessful. 
 
According to the Bonwelong Primary School principal Siphiwe Zulu, Millicent was swept away while playing on the school grounds.  The storm water drainage pipes run through the schoolyard and, during heavy rains, the water overflows and causes damage.
A number of incidents of children being swept away by the stream have been reported in the past.
 
In keeping with the assurance he had made to the family, the Mayor on Monday hosted a prayer meeting. He was joined by representatives of a number of faith-based organisations, officials of the Department of Education and representatives of non-governmental organisations and the local taxi association.
 
The prayer meeting was also attended by families of victims of vehicle accidents. A few days ago two children were killed when a car driven by a 16-year teenager ploughed into them while they were playing outside their home. 
 
The Executive Mayor said the prayer meeting was a call to the community to work together in solidarity with the affected families, the emergency services and the education department.
 
“The government alone cannot solve all the problems facing the community. We need to be guided by you as to what your urgent needs are and what it is that you see as a priority. Our primary function as government is to provide the means,” Executive Mayor Tau said.
 
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Last Updated on 29 November 2012