Girl's kidnapper still on the run

2012-07-11 10:59
Talita Nkhanzi, the woman alleged to have kidnapped Asanda Twala. (Photo supplied)

Talita Nkhanzi, the woman alleged to have kidnapped Asanda Twala. (Photo supplied)

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Johannesburg - A woman who kidnapped a 2-year-old girl more than two weeks ago is still on the run but the child is back with her family in Johannesburg.

Asanda Twala was kidnapped when a family friend took her to shops near her home in Jeppestown, Johannesburg.

The little girl was found at 17:25 on Tuesday afternoon in the building where her parents live, Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said in a statement.

"Her uncle received a call, telling him to relay to Asanda's father that she is downstairs, they should come down and fetch her," Mogale said.

"The uncle hurried to his brother's room and told him. They asked a friend to go and check downstairs and indeed found the child unharmed."

"Asanda was fine and had no visible injuries, and was taken to the doctor who said she was healthy," Mogale said.

Mogale said there was no one else around. The woman who allegedly took the child, Talita Nkhanzi, sent SMSes to the family demanding a R15 000 ransom for Asanda’s safe return.

Nkhanzi is apparently the ex-girlfriend of Asanda’s father.

"The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit is still continuing with the investigation to bring the perpetrators of this crime to book."

Earlier, police said information they had indicated the woman was hiding somewhere in the Vaal, after pictures were circulated.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Constable Mlamleli Batakati on 011 403 3413 or 071 836 5268.
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