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15 Oct 2015
10:30 am

Search still on for missing DA North West leader in Nepal


It has been a week since Democratic Alliance (DA) deputy leader in North West Petro Nel, and a Russian pilot went missing in Nepal.

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The DA said on Thursday the search for Nel was continuing. “The ground search is continuing on Thursday. The search team is focusing on a very specific area in the woods today. The weather plays a huge role in the search and rescue operation,” said spokesperson Nicolize van Der Walt.

“This week was also the start of a nine-day Hindu religious event and this might have a small impact on the search, as some of the members of the search team might participate in these holy activities.

“Today is a week since the plane went missing, but we keep our hopes high. Petro’s husband and two sons leave for Nepal today,” she said.

Petro Nel was on a holiday in Nepal when she went missing last Thursday last week, while on a sight-seeing flight over a mountainous area, all contact was lost with the light aircraft she boarded. Petro Nel served as a DA ward councillor in the Matlosana municipality in Klerksdorp and earlier this year received the special Paul Harris Rotary Award for her extreme dedication towards community work.

She was elected DA North West deputy leader on May 25, at the provincial congress in Hartbeespoort Dam near Brits.