Mother, son reunited

2015-06-10 06:02
MATEBOHO MOKOENA (left) was reunited with her son, Bokang Poelano Mokoena, last week after Bokang had allegedly been sold by the mother’s grandmother. Det. Motebang Ramaisa (right) returned little Bokang to his mother.  Photo: Supplied

MATEBOHO MOKOENA (left) was reunited with her son, Bokang Poelano Mokoena, last week after Bokang had allegedly been sold by the mother’s grandmother. Det. Motebang Ramaisa (right) returned little Bokang to his mother. Photo: Supplied

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QWAQWA. – “I do not know what to say or to do. I am just lucky.”

These were the sentiments of 21-year-old Mateboho Mokoena as she was re-united with her five-month-old son, Bokang.

Bokang was allegedly sold to a woman from Gauteng by his great-grandmother.

“I want to thank all the people that helped me get my child back. I want to thank the police for their work, as well as the media that got the story out there,” Mateboho of Matebeleng section in Qwaqwa said.

Mateboho says she never thought she would see her child again. Social workers collected the child from the mother to be examined by doctors and treated.

Last Wednesday (27/05) the child was safely with its mother after the child had allegedly been sold to Ester Tsotetsi (37) by the mother’s 84-year-old grandmother, Matshimung Mokoena, last month.

The baby was found after police had arrested the alleged buyer at her workplace in Brixton, Johannesburg, Volksblad, Express Northern Cape parent publication, reported. This comes after Tsotetsi paid R4 000 for Bokang and then fled with him to Johannesburg.

The grandmother first received R1 900 and the police found the money in her possession when they arrested her a day after Bokang’s disappearance, Sgt Mmako Mophiring, police spokesperson, said.

Tsotetsi also allegedly asked on an earlier occasion to buy the child from the mother for R5 000 per month, an offer the mother refused.

The last time the mother saw the child was on 18 April when the grandmother sent her on an errand to buy a few items.

According to Mateboho, the child was missing when she returned home and the grandmother said she did not know where he was. The grandmother has already appeared in court and will be kept in custody until her next appearance on 23 June. Tsotetsi is expected to appear in court today for a formal bail application. Both Tsotetsi and the older Mokoena have been charged with kidnapping.

The boy’s father, Lesala Mokoena (26), died last September before the child was born

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