Tearful mom pleads for baby's return
Gerhard Pretorius, Beeld
Pretoria - A Pretoria mother has made an emotional appeal to the kidnapper of her 6-month-old baby to bring him back safely.
"She must please not hurt him, he’s all I've got," said a tearful Mita Marobe, 33, on Monday.
Kgonsientsile was apparently kidnapped by his nanny who later demanded R45 000 in ransom.
Police are searching for Linete Moyo, the Zimbabwean nanny.
Baby, possessions gone
An emotional Marobe cried as she recounted how she woke up alone at 06:10 on Monday in the room where she, her son and Moyo slept. Marobe is a nurse and lives in Hesteapark in northern Pretoria.
She couldn’t find her son or his nanny anywhere and the keys were also gone.
Marobe, her sister, and her sister’s children, who live in the house with them, were all locked in.
The supervisor of the complex later unlocked the door for them.
Moyo allegedly left with Marobe’s only child, as well as with her handbag, wallet, cellphone and more than R5 000.
Marobe said her sister later received an SMS from Moyo saying she had to give her R45 000 if she wanted to see her baby again.
She also wanted the PIN codes to her bank cards.
“I am heartbroken. I don’t care, she can take everything. She can keep the things she took - I just want my child back.”
Marobe obtained Moyo’s services through an agency. The woman had worked for her for four months.
Marobe said a man from the employment agency accompanied her when she and her sister made statements at the Akasia police station on Monday.
“We treated her like one of the family. She came with us to my parents in Brits, how could she do this?” Marobe wanted to know.
Jacob Gavau, 36, Kgosientsile’s father, said he received a hysterical call from Marobe on Monday morning, saying their son was gone.
He lives in the Pretoria CBD and said he didn’t know Moyo.
"Just bring back my baby. Whatever you [Moyo] took, you can keep, but my baby is important to me," said Gavau.