By Joe McGluwa, DA North West Leader:
The Democratic Alliance North West has learned with shock today that the ultra-light aircraft in which our Deputy Provincial Leader was travelling today has been reported as missing in Nepal.
Petro Nel was on a holiday trip there on a sight-seeing flight over a mountainous area when all contact was lost with the aircraft.
Search teams have already started to look for her and the Russian pilot.
Petro has to date 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 and upliftment. Petro was elected DA North West Deputy Leader in 2015.
The Democratic Alliance holds Petro’s family in our most sincere thoughts. Her husband JC, two sons, family and friends have the full support of the DA, as we all hope for her safe return.