Mom tells of baby kidnap anguish
Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal woman has told of her anguish following the abduction of her month-old baby boy by a woman posing as a home affairs official.
The kidnapper said her name was Thandeka and approached several families in the Colenso vicinity under false pretences, claiming she was sent by the municipality to arrange grants for them and help them, The Times reported.
Nomuso Thwala fell for her promises and travelled with the woman to the Ladysmith home affairs office where the woman took her son, Mlondi, and disappeared with him.
Thwala was crying on Wednesday when she told how she had trusted the woman, thinking she was sent by the government to help her.
She said the woman had seen how poor she was and had taken advantage of her.
All she needed was her child, she said.
KwaZulu-Natal police said it was often found in such cases that babies were taken by desperate women who had falsified pregnancies and then needed to produce a child to keep a boyfriend or lover.