Nine-month-old baby stolen at Home Affairs offices

2010-05-12 00:00

A NINE-month-old baby boy was stolen from his nanny at the Home Affairs offices in Pietermaritzburg when a woman stranger, who had been following them around, insisted on looking after him yesterday morning.

Nompumelolo Philisiwe Ngcobo (24), said the woman forced her to leave young Calvin Daniels with her at about 11.30 am. But about 30 minutes later she had disappeared with the child.

Ngcobo, from Elandskop, who works as a nanny in Napierville, had gone to the Home Affairs offices in Church Street to apply for a birth certificate for her three-year-old daughter. She took Calvin with her.

She left Calvin with the stranger after an official at the offices had instructed her to go to Pietermaritzburg Police Station to make an affidavit.

“By that time the baby was sleeping on a chair. This woman insisted that I leave the child with her. About 30 minutes later I returned to the Home Affairs only to find that the woman had disappeared with Calvin,” Ngcobo said.

She said she met the stranger, who is tall and light in complexion, in the queue in the morning.

She said since then they had always been together in the queue. She said the official at the counter first told both of them to go to Edendale Hospital to collect discharge letters for their children.

“When we returned from the hospital, the Home Affairs official again told me to go to the police station to make an affidavit. This was where the woman insisted I should rather leave Calvin with her than disturb him from his sleep,” said Ngcobo, who was shaking and in tears.

She said she went back to the Pietermaritzburg Police Station to report the matter before she phoned the child’s mother Zibuyile Daniels (35).

Daniels is a fitter at Transnet.

“I drove from Home Affairs to the Loop Street police station and back to Home Affairs hoping that I would come across the woman walking with my baby,” said Daniels, whose other children are between the ages of three and 10 years.

She said Home Affairs offices do not have cameras.

She said a woman at the Safe City offices told her to return today to view footage of a camera placed outside Home Affairs.

Her husband, David Daniels, who also works as a Transnet fitter in Cape Town, will fly to the city to help with the search for their son today.

“I don’t want to lose hope. If I tell myself that he would never be found, do you think I would be able to wake up in the morning? No I don’t thinks so.

“My child is everything to me. He is my life. He is everything, like all of them,” she said.

The Danielses can be contacted at the following number: 083 364 0927.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan has appealed to anyone with information about the baby’s whereabouts to contact Lieutenant Colonel Sunil Maharaj at 033 845 2743 or 082 376 2711.

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