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SA army to search mineshaft for lost boy

The South African army has been called in to help search for a five-year-old boy, Richard Thole, who fell into a disused mineshaft outside Johannesburg at the weekend.

Sources say that low oxygen levels, acidic water and the depth of the shaft mean there is now thought to be little hope of bringing out the child alive.

Illegal miners known as zama-zamas have also offered their help as they know the shafts in the area.

Residents staged protests on Monday and Tuesday, demanding to be relocated to safer areas. They say the ground is unstable and liable to subsidence because of previous mine working.

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