Siwaphiwe's mom and 'boyfriend' back in court today

By News24 Wire
15 March 2017

The pair stand accused of staging the one-month-old's kidnapping.

Sibongile Mbambo and her partner Phumlani Mbokazi who are accused of staging the kidnapping of Mbambo's one-month-old baby daughter are expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Police believe Mbambo and Mbokazi staged Friday's hijacking of Mbambo's white Toyota Yaris with Mbambo's baby still inside.

On Monday Magistrate Mahomed Motala postponed the matter to Wednesday for DNA tests.

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Mbokazi's lawyer Andile Dakela told reporters outside the court that his client had been in a relationship with Mbambo and that they had a child.

"My client says there was a threat to the life of the child, which prompted him to react swiftly. We have to postpone the matter for the DNA test to deal with the matter of kidnapping."

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Dakela said if it was found that Mbokazi was the father, the charge would fall away. He said he did not feel Mbokazi could be accused of hijacking.

"The charge of hijacking will fall away because the lady voluntarily handed the child over to my client. From where I stand there is nothing further than this logical explanation."

The judge ordered that Mbambo and Mbokazi remain in custody until their next appearance.

The baby was found alive early on Sunday morning.

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