The search for six-year-old Khayalethu Magadla has now gone on for more than ten days, and there is still no sign of the little boy.
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The six-year-old is believed to have slipped and fallen into a manhole in Dlamini, Soweto. Johannesburg Water has now joined the search to assist with recovering the little boy. The search and rescue operations began off with the team excavating the embankment at the site, they further went on to insert robots and cameras to enhance the search.
Police divers, municipal sewerage engineers, rescue dogs and even firefighters have been tirelessly searching the waste system. They have come with specialized equipment that includes a boat fitted with cameras which has been fitted in the pipelines, as they had to come up with different strategies to help find the little boy.
A camera device had previously detected an object that gave everyone a glimpse of hope that it might be is body. Unfortunately, after inspection, it turned out that the camera had detected a rock. Rescue teams have now gone through at least five manholes searching for little Khayalethu on Wednesday.
Johannesburg Water will be shutting off water supply to allow the teams to conduct a thorough search for Magadla.
Johannesburg EMS Spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi said residents should expect to be without water for a while as the search intensifies. “Residents will be affected for a while but, it is for a good cause, so we can be able to locate the little boy”.
He further elaborated that they want to make sure that they clear the pipeline and go back to look thoroughly.
His family has been advised by the rescuing divers to prepare for the worst, as the chances of finding him alive have dwindled.