'We are broken': Orange Farm boy who fell into manhole yet to be found

Teams from Joburg Water and others have spent hours trying to access underground utility system in the hopes of finding six-year-old Khomanani Mawa.

Exposed manholes in Orange Farm Exentsion 3 have led to a six-year-old boy falling into one of them. Picture:  Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - It's a long and agonising wait for the family of a six-year-old boy who's believed to have fallen into an open manhole in Orange Farm.

The tragic incident happened on Sunday while the child was playing with friends.

The manhole is just a few metres from his home and his loved ones are trying to piece together what happened.

Teams from Joburg Water and others have spent hours trying to access underground utility system in the hopes of finding six-year-old Khomanani Mawa.

His friends said he fell in at around 5 pm On Sunday.

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Specialist teams have already used cameras via the access point to inspect what is happening below the chamber, but they've come across some obstacles, including two rocks that were blocking line, as well as sewerage.

This has made the Mawa family even more worried.

His father Suprise Makhinsi said: “I am not well at the moment, my son disappeared, and all we can do is to wait. We are broken.”

Neighbours have been supporting the family as this mission continues

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