The recent calamity that has befallen the Jerusalem settlement in South Africa has necessitated the immediate evacuation and resettlement of the victims.

Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina says his municipality is working hard to relocate the residents of the Jerusalem informal settlement in Boksburg after a five year old boy fell into an open disused mine  shaft.

Masina says this is to avoid loss of life as the more than 100 year old mine shaft has now opened up due to the recent rains.

Richard Thole fell into the shaft on Saturday.

Attempts to find him have thus far been unsuccessful.

Masina says that of the more than 2,000 families that reside in Jerusalem, they can only move 200 to the Ramaphosa informal settlement at the moment.

He says this area is the safest and closest to where most residents work.

“The time has come for the community to move from that area because it’s unsafe. I can confirm we’re looking to the nearest area, such as the Ramaphosa informal settlement.”

The mayor says he has roped in the help of the Defence Department to explore other avenues in further attempts to retrieve the five-year-old.