Missing Khayalethu Magadla's body found after searching more than 20km of pipeline

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Search for six-year-old Khayalethu Magadla has ended.
Search for six-year-old Khayalethu Magadla has ended.
Fani Mahuntsi
  • Missing Khayalethu Magadla's body has been found.
  • He fell into a manhole while playing with friends last month.
  • More than 20km of pipeline was searched to find the missing boy.

The body of missing little Khayalethu Magadla, who fell into a manhole while playing with friends in Soweto, was found near Eldorado Park Cemetery on Saturday.

The six-year-old has been missing for three weeks, after falling into the open manhole near his home in Dlamini, Soweto.

After an emotionally challenging search that lasted 21 days, the family's plight and uncertainty has finally been put to bed.

Johannesburg Emergency Medical Services (EMS) spokesperson Nana Radebe said the boy's body was recovered shortly after midday.

She said:

Khayalethu Magadla was recovered by a rescue and recovery team comprising 35 EMS officials, Hazmat and urban search technicians, the water unit, K-9 unit, air wing, Delta Scan, ambulances from Gauteng and 60 members of Joburg Water.

The boy's body was found in the splitter chamber of the first manhole towards the sump situated near Eldorado Cemetery.

Khayalethu Magadla, 6, has been missing since Sund
Khayalethu Magadla.

“It has been an excruciating 20 days for the family since the search began for the six-year-old boy. The EMS specialised team has consistently continued with the search throughout the challenging pipeline system.  The urban search and rescue teams have covered at least 20km from Dlamini to Eldorado Park,” said Radebe.

Khayalethu fell down the manhole on 12 June. The mammoth search operation saw sections of Soweto without water, as Johannesburg Water had to isolate specific reservoirs and sewer network points to aid search efforts.

“Joburg Water has assisted immensely with drainage of water from different sewer systems,” said Radebe.


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