Xingwana nephew’s child reunited with mother

2013-04-21 06:00

An Eastern Cape mother who has been reunited with her two-year-old daughter after she was taken from her by Woman, Children and Disability Minister Lulu Xingwana and her nephew in February, is planning a big party to celebrate her child’s return.

“I missed my baby so much. We are now reunited. I have found a school for her in Mthatha where she will now go,” said the emotional mother, who could not hide her excitement.

“I am happy. I am thrilled. Everyone at home is excited, especially my mother. We are going to have a party for her in May to celebrate her return. It will be a special day to remember for everyone.”

The two-year-old girl lived in Xingwana’s ministerial residence in Pretoria with the child’s father after he was granted a court order by Mthatha High Court Judge Zamani Nhlangulela on February 1.

Xingwana, her nephew and a relative, accompanied by two bodyguards and three police officers, forcefully removed the child from the care of her mother and grandmother in Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape, shortly after the order was granted.

The 27-year-old Mqanduli mother once worked at Xingwana’s home in Pretoria when she was in a romantic relationship with the minister’s nephew.

She subsequently got three court orders in her favour to take over custody of the child, but they were appealed.

The father failed to return the toddler despite the court orders.

On Monday, the woman, accompanied by two sheriffs, two social workers and two policemen visited the Waterkloof ministerial residence and took away the child, who cannot be named to protect her identity.

“She was confused at first, but she recognised me and now is happy at home with us in Mqanduli, where she belongs,” the mother said.

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