Mag­is­trate de­nies bail plea

Preg­nant baby snatcher ac­cused to re­main be­hind bars

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Seven-month preg­nant child snatcher ac­cused Asiphe Ce­ty­wayo was on Fri­day de­nied bail by the East Lon­don mag­is­trate’s court.

She is ac­cused of kid­nap­ping Kam­valethu “Kamva” Ncwadi, two, from the ve­ran­dah of her South­ern­wood home on De­cem­ber 16.

Her lawyer, No­maAfrika Wakashe, ar­gued her client might give birth at any time, say­ing be­ing in­car­cer­ated might af­fect her un­born child.

In her af­fi­davit read by Wakashe, Ce­ty­wayo pleaded with mag­is­trate Joel Ceaser to grant her R500 bail and promised she would abide by any bail con­di­tions. She said she was in­tox­i­cated on the day of her ar­rest and that her per­sonal cir­cum­stances should be taken into ac­count.

“I have a three-year-old child and am un­em­ployed, but I do odd jobs as a do­mes­tic worker earn­ing R500 a week,” she said.

Ce­ty­wayo said her Kei Mouth home is where she has been re­sid­ing with her fam­ily since birth. How­ever, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer de­tec­tive Xolisa Shimba, who op­posed bail, told the court that Ce­ty­wayo’s grand­mother and un­cle had told him they did not know her where­abouts in the last two years.

“I am seven months preg­nant. How­ever I am not suf­fer­ing from other ill­ness and do not have travel doc­u­ments,” she said.

Wakashe told the court Ce­ty­wayo would plead not guilty to the charges.

“I have a child to look after, and take into ac­count I’m seven months preg­nant and be­ing in cus­tody could af­fect my un­born child,” she said through Wakashe, adding that her three-year-old son has been with his fa­ther since she was ar­rested on Jan­uary 1. “I want to go out and look after my child.” But pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Leon Nel and Shimba op­posed bail and de­scribed Ce­ty­wayo as a flight risk and that re­leas­ing her on bail would not be in the in­ter­est of jus­tice.

When Nel took the stand, he told the court the mo­tive be­hind Ce­ty­wayo al­legedly kid­nap­ping the tod­dler was un­known, be­sides her love for chil­dren. Nel said Ce­ty­wayo has no emo­tional, fam­ily or oc­cu­pa­tional ties in East Lon­don, mak­ing her a flight risk. Ce­ty­wayo also has a num­ber of aliases, such as Asiphe, Anelisiwe and Si­nazo.

“She does not have any fixed as­sets be­sides a suit­case con­tain­ing cloth­ing.”

When Wakashe asked Nel what his in­ter­est was in the case, he said he was drawn to the case after learn­ing about it from the me­dia and so­cial net­work­ing sites.

“I did not ex­pect or re­ceive any money or prom­ises what­so­ever. My mo­tive has been and still is to help oth­ers be­cause I can.”

Nel said Kamva’s kid­nap­ping had a neg­a­tive im­pact on the emo­tional well­be­ing of the Ncwadi fam­ily.

He told the court that Kamva had de­vel­oped trust is­sues and sug­gested that she and her fam­ily be taken for ther­apy.

Shimba tes­ti­fied that: “When I ar­rived at her home in Kei Mouth, I found her grand­mother and un­cle. They told me she’s al­ways on the street. The un­cle said it’s been al­most two years with­out them see­ing her. From the man­ner in which her fam­ily de­scribed her, she ap­pears to be a per­son who is not eas­ily found and an in­tol­er­a­ble child.”

Ceaser de­nied Ce­ty­wayo bail, re­manded her in cus­tody and post­poned the case to Fe­bru­ary 12.

Her lawyer, No­maAfrika Wakashe, ar­gued her client might give birth at any time, say­ing be­ing in­car­cer­ated might af­fect her un­born child


IN CUS­TODY: Child snatcher ac­cused Asiphe Ce­ty­wayo, 21, ap­peared at the East Lon­don mag­is­trate’s court on Tues­day for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

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