Siphesihle’s an overnight celebrity
Delft queues to see returned baby
SAFE in his mother’s arms, baby Siphesihle Ncumani has become a bit of an overnight celebrity in his new neighbourhood of Delft.
Neighbours and media queue up to catch a glimpse of the little boy, who was returned to his mother on Thursday after being snatched from Tygerberg Hospital.
Siphesihle, who is now about six weeks old, was totally oblivious to all the attention he was getting yesterday, and slept soundly in his mother Zimkitha Ncumani’s ar ms, waking only when she and a family member put a “little cow is hungry” bib on him.
Siphesihle was snatched from Tygerberg Hospital when he was only two weeks old. His mother had slipped into a coma and when she awoke, was told the news that her baby had been stolen.
Four weeks later, Ncumani has slipped into the role of doting mother effortlessly, fussing gently over her baby and smiling shyly when talking about their reunion which took place on Thursday.
There has been some confusion about the baby’s name, with some reports saying that he had been called Simamkele, meaning Welcome. Ncumani yesterday confirmed that he will be called Siphesihle, meaning wonderful gift.
His official naming ceremony, where he will be presented to the ancestors, has not yet taken place.
“I couldn’t sleep last night, I was too excited” she said.
“Visitors had streamed into the house on Thursday night when Ncumani returned home with her baby.
The small Delft house in which she lives eventually emptied out at about 8pm and then Siphesihle “slept soundly”.
Ncumani said she had recognised the baby as hers and the first thing she had done when she saw him was “kiss him on his forehead and thank the Lord that I got him back”.
Ncumani’s house was crowded with women and children yesterday, all peering into the folds of a blue blanket to get a look at the baby inside.
Police arrested a woman on Tuesday in connection with the kidnapping. Bulelwa Xeza appeared in the Belville Magistrate’s Court yesterday, but her case was postponed to September 3.
Despite the happy ending, Ncumani and her family are still angry about the way they were treated by authorities during the search for the boy. They labelled the police as “uncaring and unfeeling” for apparently initially suspecting the baby’s father for his disappearance.
HOME SAFE: Zimkhita Ncumani feeds her baby Siphesihle. They were reunited this week after he went missing a month ago after being abducted from Tygerberg Hospital.