Baby still missing as cops nab five in kidnapping saga

2014-09-09 19:24
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Mbombela - Despite arresting five people implicated in the theft of a newborn baby at Mpumalanga’s Rob Ferreira Hospital, police are yet to find the week-old boy.

On Tuesday, provincial police revealed they had arrested four men and one woman in connection with the theft of the baby that took place at the hospital in Mbombela on 30 August.

“We have not yet found the child, but police are investigating and we are sure the child will be reunited with his family soon,” provincial police spokesman Brigadier Selvy Mohlala told African Eye News Service.

Mohlala said the five accused, Ananias Ndzimba (27) Julius Sithole (25), Phineas Sono (35), Aaron Moyo Nyoni (20) and Portia Ncube (31), were arrested around the Mbombela CBD and Mataffin on Friday and Saturday.

“Ndzimba and Sithole, both Mozambican citizens, were arrested at Mbombela CBD on Friday while Sono, Nyoni and Ncube were arrested on Saturday in Mataffin,” he said.

He said all the accused were not asked to plead to kidnapping and conspiracy to commit crime charges when they appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

When asked how police linked the five to the crime, Mohlala declined to comment further, saying he did not want to compromise investigations.

“The woman arrested in the case is a girlfriend to one of the suspects,” said Mohlala.

Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe has commended the police for the swift arrest.

“I am calling upon the police to swiftly reunite the child with his family, because no parent deserves to feel this pain. We need to have this case closed as soon as possible,” said Shongwe.

The five accused have been remanded in custody until 16 September where they are scheduled to apply for bail.

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