The body of a missing one-year-old boy was discovered floating in a canal near his home in Langa on Tuesday morning.
Ivakele Xolose was reported missing on Monday after he was last seen playing outside his home, reported EWN. According to the chairperson of Langa Safety Patrol, Bandile Gcuwa, the little boy was last spotted playing with his friends around 3pm on Monday.
“We suspect that, while they were playing, Ivakele slipped and fell into the canal nearby,” Gcuwa stated.
According to News24, the boy’s parents immediately contacted police, after which a frantic search commenced. Ivakele’s little body was found in the canal a mere 10-metres from his home by his father.
“Ivakele’s father was using a garden rake to search through the dirty canal when he found his son,” states Gcuwa.
Gcuwa went on to state that the family is traumatised by Ivakele’s death and are currently undergoing psychological counselling.
Police have since launched an inquest into the boy’s death and have urged the public to come forward with any relevant information.