DA North West deputy leader missing in Nepal

08 October 2015 - 18:05 By Tammy Petersen, News24
Chris Hattingh, DA candidate in the North West province, at a voting station his vote in the municipal elections.
Chris Hattingh, DA candidate in the North West province, at a voting station his vote in the municipal elections.
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The DA’s deputy North West leader, Petro Nel, went missing while on a sightseeing flight in Nepal on Thursday.

"She is on holiday there and went on a sightseeing tour earlier this morning [Thursday] and didn't return on time," former DA North West leader Chris Hattingh said.

A search and rescue mission involving a light aircraft and helicopter was under way. The plane Nel was on took off from the town of Pokhara. Agence France-Presse reported that the ultralight aircraft was being flown by a Russian pilot. She was the only passenger.

Nepalese authorities were in touch were her husband, who was in South Africa, Hattingh said.

Nel had been a councillor in the Matlosana municipality for the past 15 years.

Source: News24

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