Body of Mamelodi boy found

The boy and his two friends disappeared into a stormwater drain on Monday.

The boy's body was recovered after he disappeared into a stormwater drain several days ago. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane rescue workers and the South African Police Services diving squad found the body of one of the three missing children in Mamelodi West in Pretoria.

The boy's body was recovered earlier this morning after he and his friends disappeared into a storm water drain during heavy rainfall last week Monday.

City officials say they won't be releasing the name of the boy yet as his family members have not yet been notified.

Spokesperson Blessing Manale said, "Our rescue workers found one of the three missing children about 50 m from the stormwater drain. He was found outside of the sewerage system covered by an uprooted tree."

The search for the remaining two boys continues.

Meanwhile, on Friday the search for the children was again hampered, with police saying river currents are too strong for divers.

It's understood three boys were playing near the drain when it started raining heavily.

Emergency Services officials, police and community members have spent the past few days searching for the trio.