Third man in Baby Kruger attack not arrested – Moz cops

2010-05-14 10:15

Mozambican police have denied arresting the third man allegedly

involved in the attack on baby Marzaan Kruger.

He had not been arrested, national head of Mozambican police

criminal investigation Carlos Come told Sapa yesterday.

Come acknowledged that two South African police officials visited

their Mozambican counterparts on Wednesday bearing photographs of the man.

He refused to comment any further.

In a statement on Tuesday, South African police claimed 28-year-old

Chakhoma Machaba had been arrested in Mozambique by that country’s police and


Investigating officer Eddie du Plessis was due to travel to

Mozambique to ascertain whether the man was in fact the suspected


One-year-old Marzaan and her minder, Francina Sekhu, were assaulted

at their home in Randburg, Johannesburg, on April 22, during a house robbery.

Marzaan is still in the intensive care unit at the Sandton


An HP notebook, Panasonic camera, jewellery and Sekhu’s cellphone

were stolen in the attack.

Police arrested two men, Nelson Maphosa, 25, and Gerald Nyantumbo,

28, shortly afterwards.

The two appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on

Wednesday for their bail application.

Officers traced Sekhu’s phone to Nyantumbo, who led them to Maphosa

and Machaba’s house, where he claimed to have bought the phone.

Mozambican-born Maphosa is the brother of Machaba.

Officers found a South African ID document issued in 2007 at his


Machaba allegedly fled to Mozambique afterwards.

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