Baby snatching woman soon in court
COURT proceedings have begun for the Mtubatuba woman accused of stealing a newborn baby.
Simangele Nkwanyana (39) was last month arrested on charges of child stealing and kidnapping after she was positively identified by the young mother of Iminathi Yamkela and found in possession of the baby.
Nkwanyana initially appeared at Mtubatuba Magistrate’s Court on 20 September where she was refused bail and the case was remanded to 26 September.
At her next appearance, she was awarded bail of R500 and the case was remanded to next week Wednesday (17 October).
When Nonsikelelo Mngomezulu (18) was on her way home from having given birth to Iminathi at Hlabisa Hospital, the suspect befriended her on the taxi.
Offering to hold the baby for a while, Nkwanyana and the child’s mother disembarked from the taxi in Mtubatuba town where the accused asked Mngomezulu to buy her some airtime.
Mngomezulu did as she was asked and when she returned to where she had left the woman and her baby, both had vanished.
A case of child stealing was opened at Mtubatuba SAPS and it was with the help of community members, including Isikhebe members, that Nkwanyana was found with the baby at her home in Mkhambane near Mfekayi.
‘It was through this community involvement that we were able to find the suspect and the baby so quickly,’ said Mtubatuba SAPS Communications Officer, Captain Justice Hlabisa.
‘The child had been missing for four days and was unharmed, but sent for a medical check-up regardless.
‘We urge mothers to never leave their children either unattended or in the company of strangers, to prevent such abductions from occurring.’
Iminathi Yamkela was snatched just a few hours after being born, but returned to her mother four days later Mtubatuba SAPS