The Orania teenager disappeared while swimming in the Orange River with friends
THE SEARCH continues for a 19-year-old Orania teenager, Klarissa Joubert, who disappeared in the Orange River on Thursday, January 21.
The Orania community, along with the Northern Cape police, as well as national search and rescue parties consisting of professional divers, have been searching for Joubert since she went missing.
Joubert, who is a psychology student at Potchefstroom University, went swimming in the Orange River with friends on the day she went missing.
The head of National Crime Assist, who is helping with the search, Ben Almero, indicated that the search is not easy due to the strong currents and high water levels.
Almero could not indicate as to when the search would be called off or whether they could count on the missing girl’s swimming experience.
He added that traumatised Joubert family members are waiting in anticipation for any news on the teen.
“All provincial and national search units, including three choppers, were dispatched, while farmers from the surrounding area also made resources available for the search,” said Almero.
The Northern Cape police have confirmed that a SAPS Search and Rescue team, under the command of Captain John Seeley, is currently busy with a search for a 19 year-old female who disappeared in the Orange River near Orania on Thursday.
“According to the report, the teenager, together with her friends, were riding on tubes in the river when one of the tubes they were using overturned,” said Northern Cape police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana.
Tawana said the SAPS Search and Rescue team, together with other external role-players, are currently still searching for the missing teen.