Robbers wanted baby for muti - dad

2012-08-24 09:03

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Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal man has told how robbers broke into his home and attacked his wife in an attempt to get hold of their 1-year-old baby boy.

The man, who didn’t want to be identified, said police said the robbers may have wanted the child for muti purposes, reported the Daily News.

The robbers apparently broke into the house after getting onto the balcony via the roof and immediately went for the child in his feeding chair.

When the boy’s mother managed to pick up the child first, the robber grabbed the baby and the poor boy was pulled “like a rag doll”.

The man said his wife had been traumatised by the incident and said she had been assaulted and threatened by the robbers.

At one stage, she managed to get away from the robbers and ran to a relative’s house nearby where the police were called.

“My wife said to me she didn’t remember how she opened the lock to the gate, because later it was found in pieces.

“She said it all happened so quickly that she cannot remember what the men looked like or if they were armed. I think she was acting on adrenalin.”

The baby was also covered in bruises.

SA Institute of Security Studies researchers in 2007 stated that South Africa had an alarmingly high rate of muti slayings.

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