Baby snatch­ing woman soon in court

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.