Father finds body of his missing infant son in a canal in Cape Town

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The body of a missing infant has been found.
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  • A missing one-year-old boy was found dead, floating in a canal in Langa.
  • His family suspects he slipped and fell into the canal.
  • The father found the body in the early hours of Tuesday.

The body of one-year-old Ivakele Xolose was found floating in a canal in Langa, about 10 metres from his house.

The child was reported missing on Monday.

Ivakele was playing with friends opposite his home, an informal settlement in Joe Slovo, around 14:30 on Monday, the chairperson of Langa Safety Patrol, Bandile Gcuwa, told News24.

"We suspect that, while they were playing, Ivakele slipped and fell into the canal nearby," he said.

The parents immediately informed the police after he went missing.

The police said they needed a picture of Ivakele before they could open a case.

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Gcuwa said, after they could not find the toddler on Monday, his father, Siyabonga Ngwavele, pleaded with police to continue the search.

Ivakele's body was found in the canal by his father in the early hours of Tuesday.

"Ivakele's father was using a garden rake to search through the dirty canal when he found his son," added Gcuwa.

According to the Langa Community Police Forum, the missing case was reported to the Langa police station, but it was handed over to the Bishop Lavis police station.


"Langa Community Police Forum is saddened by how the case has been handled by the assigned constable at the Bishop Lavis police station," it said in a statement.

"We shall escalate the matter to hold the officer accountable for not assisting the family and the community in searching for the missing child."

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said that, when the child was reported missing, Bishop Lavis FCS, Langa SAPS and a group of community members immediately started the search.

Gcuwa said Ivakele's family is traumatised by what happened and is currently receiving psychological assistance.

Police have opened an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the child's death.

Anyone with any information is kindly requested to contact the investigating officer, Detective Constable Carelse, on 082 559 4598 or alternatively Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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