9 days after falling in manhole, Khaya Magadla’s family still hope to find body

South Africa

Johannesburg – A day after celebrating his birthday without him, Khayalethu Magadla’s family are still holding on to the hope that rescue teams will find his body 9 days after he fell into an exposed manhole.

Not so much as a piece of clothing has been found, as the search for the six-year-old continues over an estimated 13 kilometres of the sewer system between Dlamini and Eldorado Park.

Last week, Joburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse visited the family and promised that the search for Magadla would not stop until he was found.

Although he has had to make the difficult admission that his son is no longer alive, Kholekile Magadla has made an impassioned plea to rescue personnel and technicians searching for his six-year-old son not to give up.

He said he witnessed the challenges the team had come across such as blockages along the pipelines, where the child could be trapped.

“The only thing I ask is that we don’t rest until the child is found. I am always there when they search, each day and every night. I can see that they are trying their best,” he said.

Magadla added that he battled to sleep at night, sometimes feeling helpless.

“It feels like I am inside a bottle, like I am going to be woken up and told to go to work. I am praying to find my child,” he said.

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