Abducted baby found in Mthatha suburb

2010-01-08 00:00

MTHATHA detectives have found the three-month-old baby boy who was abducted by a relative of his mother’s and brought to Pietermaritzburg.

Akhule Nonco was allegedly abducted by his mother’s niece Sandisiwe Zono (21) before Christmas. Zono’s boyfriend, Sbusiso Zulu from Pietermaritzburg, was freed by the police after the woman confessed that she lied to him that the baby was his.

Akhule’s mother, Ntomboxolo Nonco (33) from Baziya village near Mthatha, told the police that her baby was taken from her at Mthatha Plaza at around 2 pm on December 21.

She was buying groceries for Christmas when she met Zono, who was in the area to meet Zulu, who works in Mthatha.

The two women sat down for lunch and did some catching up since they had last seen each other in 2008.

Zono received a call from Zulu, saying he was in the area.

Since Nonco still had more shopping to do, Zono offered to look after the baby.

Nonco left the baby and went back to the shops, with Zono assuring her that they would wait for her in Zulu’s car.

Zono told Zulu that the baby was his, but that her parents refused to let her bring the baby to him.

When Nonco came back to the parking area the car was gone with her baby.

The following day she received two text messages from her niece saying she would return the baby, apologising for taking him, and telling her of her pain after losing her own baby when she had a miscarriage.

Nonco reported the matter to the Mthatha Central police station on December 23.

The detectives descended on the Grange suburb in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday after tracing Zono’s cellphone and Zulu’s car to Imbali and Grange respectively.

Zulu told the police that the two were sent back to Mthatha by his uncle in the morning.

Zulu was taken by the detectives to Mthatha to assist in locating Zono and at that stage he was an accomplice in the kidnapping since he was adamant that the baby was his.

Yesterday the police found the woman and baby at the South Ridge area in Mthatha.

“Zulu really believed the baby was his until he heard the confession of Zono. The woman confessed that she lied to him about the baby, and for that reason we have no grounds of charging him,” Captain Sipho Ndamase said.

The baby is healthy and he was taken to a place of safety until his mother comes back from Johannesburg.

Nonco told The Witness yesterday that she was leaving Johannesburg for Mthatha in the afternoon.

Zono will appear at the Mthatha Magistrate Court today on a kidnapping charge.

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