Missing East London boy found

2011-01-25 21:36

Johannesburg - A five-year-old East London child who was reported missing by his father on Monday was in his mother's custody and had not been abducted, Eastern Cape police said.

"[We] received information from Idutywa police that the people who took the child from the pre-school were police from their side," Lieutenant-Colonel Mtati Tana said in a statement on Tuesday.

Tana said the boy's father, Masamba Godwini, did not actually have legal custody of the child as he had earlier stated.

"They were acting on instructions from the mother of the child as the child was stolen from her by Mr Godwini," he said.

Godwini opened the case on Monday after he apparently received a message from the head of the Caring Hands Educare Pre-School in Belgravia Crescent that his child had been abducted.

He had pointed out the child's mother as a possible suspect, saying he was the legal custodian of the boy, Tana said.

The boy was returned to his mother on Monday.

  • Bill Xhosa - 2011-01-25 23:00

    I'm confused. Fifty murders a day and a custody battle makes the newspaper. Is this the state of reporting in South Africa?

      ayjy - 2011-01-26 06:01

      Be glad, it's an article with a good ending, unlike the rest of horrible articles with murder & rape etc.

      THX1148 - 2011-01-26 07:58

      50 murders a day does not indicate the state of reporting, but rather the state of the country. Ayjy has it right in that we should be glad that we can occasionally read a story with a happy ending.

  • Melly30 - 2011-01-26 08:58

    Thank God he was not harmed and is hopefully going to be safe!!!!!!

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