Kidnapped baby reunited with family

By Drum Digital
28 October 2016

baby Thiamo Dubung has been reunited with his family after he was kidnapped from his home

Fourteen-month-old baby Tshiamo Mlambo has been reunited with his family after he was kidnapped from his home on Wednesday.

At a press briefing at Protea North Police Station, the bouncing baby clasped his father Tshepo and laughed playfully; unaware of the dangerous circumstances he was put in.

In a bizarre set of events, his mother, Mandisa Mlambo, and the baby’s nanny (also cousin to Mandisa) were robbed at their home in Protea Glen Extension 28.

The two were robbed of their mobile phones and taken to a nearby ATM to withdraw money.

The two men who robbed them took them back home and tied them, and left with the baby. The two women managed to untie themselves at 5.30 am.  They immediately reported the incident to the police, who established a task team to investigate the matter. Within two days the baby was found.

“We got a tip-off that the baby is in KZN and we went to Newcastle where we arrested a 25 and 22-year-old men. One of them is a sangoma” said General Fred Kekana who was leading the investigation.

In a surprise twist, police officers determined that baby Tshiamo’s nanny is also a cousin of the two men via extended family.

The three have been incarcerated their sincere gratitude to their family, police and media for the support they received. “I had no idea that my cousin was involved in this incident. It was a complete shock, Mlambo said.

Tshiamo's father said the first thing he wanted to do when he got his baby back was to shower his son with love and spend quality time with him.

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