Zama zamas want permission to rescue missing boy

Five-year-old Richard Thole is believed to have fallen down a disused Boksburg mineshaft on Saturday.

Excavation processes began on 28 February 2017 at a disused mine near Boksburg where rescue operations for 5-year-old Richard Thole were temporarily halted . Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Illegal miners in Boksburg say if given a chance they would be able to rescue five-year-old Richard Thole who is believed to have fallen down a disused mineshaft on Saturday.

The zama zamas were asked to allow trained emergency services personnel to do their job.

Rescue operations to recover the boy are currently under way.

The miners say they know the shaft very well and all they need is protective gear and permission to enter the mine.

A miner who asked to remain anonymous says he is certain that the child is not deep into the shaft.

“What you have to know is that the child is on level one.”

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At the same time, emergency services are expected to work throughout the night in an effort to try and recover the young boy.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)