Mother killed and baby stolen

2009-08-28 00:00

A WOMAN’S desperate attempts to prove to her boyfriend that she could have a baby allegedly led her to arrange the killing of the mother of a one-month-old baby girl.

The woman was stabbed to death while the child was strapped to her back. Then the child was kidnapped.

Police spokeswoman Superintendent Zandra Wiid said yesterday that the community of Nomahakaza near Hibberdene became suspicious this week when a 27-year-old woman suddenly produced a baby without having been pregnant.

“On top of that, a sangoma reported to the Hibberdene police on Tuesday evening that a certain man had approached him, requesting that he be ‘cleansed’ as he had killed a woman.”

Wiid said Hibberdene detectives went to a house in the area and found the woman with the baby. She was questioned and investigations allegedly revealed that she wanted to prove her fertility to her boyfriend and so travelled to Isipingo, where she befriended a 24-year-old woman who had given birth to a baby girl on July 26.

The suspect brought the mother and her baby to the Hibberdene area last weekend, said Wiid.

“Meanwhile, she had arranged with a man (25) to kill the mother of the child for a substantial amount of money. He agreed and a meeting was scheduled.

“On Wednesday, the suspect was spotted in the area by the same sangoma, who reported the suspected murder to the police and he and the community tried to apprehend the suspect, who disappeared into bushes.”

Police dog handlers traced the suspect to where he was hiding in a tree, but he jumped to the ground and ran off.

Wiid said a police dog, Makiwa, “apprehended the fleeing man and he was arrested”.

He later admitted to killing the woman and showed police where he had hidden her body under branches near Umtwalume beach.

She had been stabbed several times while her baby was still tied to her back with a blanket.

He then took police to a house near his home, where he pointed out personal documents and other items belonging to the mother.

“Both the male and female suspects face charges of murder and kidnapping and are in custody. They will appear in court on Monday,” said Wiid.

The identity of the dead woman has been withheld. Her one-month-old baby was taken to a place of safety.

— Witness Reporter.

WEEKEND Witness reported on August 15 that 23-year-old Nompumelelo Sibiya of Maphumulo was found guilty of murdering her 17-year-old cousin, Lucia Mtshali, and stealing her one-month-old baby on November 30, 2005.

She was driven by “desperate love” and the fear of losing her fiancé if she revealed that she’d had a miscarriage.

In July, a south coast woman, Hlengiwe Princess Mngoma (27), was sentenced to 10 years’ jail for the murder of a young mother and to two years under correctional supervision for kidnapping her baby.

Mngoma pleaded guilty to stabbing 18-year-old Nokubonga Khuzwayo at Amalangeni near Umzinto on December 4 last year for the purpose of taking away her six-week-old daughter, Owami. She died in hospital of her injuries. — WR.

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