The family of six-year-old Khayalethu Magadla, who fell down a manhole while playing with friends last month, thanked the emergency services and South Africans for their help in finding him and for their prayers.
< p> Magadlas Body was found last Saturday afternoon in the sewage treatment plant of Eldorado Park Cemetery, three weeks after his disappearance.
Search and rescue divers have been traversing the sewage system since his disappearance on June 12 at Dlamini Park, Soweto.
The memorial service was held on Friday.
His mother, Slacke Magadla, described how much her son used to love cakes and jumping.
“Our hearts ache,” she said, unable to contain her emotions.
In an audio recording played during the memorial service, Slacke described the moments when her son went to school and how happy she was he was.
It was quiet without him and she was always trying he still has to deal with it.
“He left us young. His disappearance into the hole shocked us. He loved to jump, he would jump on poles and climb up.
“We asked when we were still searching and the workers were working and you came with your prayers – everyone across South Africa felt bad about Khaya’s disappearance . You helped us find him. Today [Friday] we say thank you for praying for us,” she said.
Family representative Sam Magadla said they were celebrating his body being found. Magadla also thanked the search team.
“We don’t know who prayed for us, only God knows. Today we want to thank God that we found Khaya.
“We also thank everyone who helped to find him. I take my hat off to them, they were working – they were searching the pipes,” he said.
Some rescue workers who were part of the search team were present, as were some city officials.
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