Xingwana’s nephew fails to return toddler to mum

2013-03-08 16:17

By this afternoon Minister Lulu Xingwana’s nephew had not returned a two-year-old toddler to her mother despite a high court order that he does so by March 7.

Xingwana’s nephew and a 27-year-old woman from Mqanduli are the parents of the toddler, who cannot be named, and are involved in a bitter battle for the custody of the child.

Last week Mthatha High Court Judge Buyiswa Majiki ordered that the toddler be returned to her mother by yesterday but that has not happened.

This afternoon the visibly upset mother of the two-year-old girl said she was confused and didn’t know why her baby was not yet with her.

“I don’t know what games they are trying to play,” she said.

She said today she had received a call from Xingwana’s nephew who said he was in Pretoria, saying the baby wanted to talk to her.

The minor child was taken by Xingwana and her nephew from her mother’s care in Mqanduli after another Mthatha High Court judge, Zamani Nhlangulela, granted the father an interim order to take her, early last month.

Last month City Press reported how Xingwana, the minister responsible for government’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign and her nephew, flanked by two bodyguards and three police officers, took the toddler from her distraught grandmother.

The lawyer of Xingwana’s nephew told City Press today that the baby would not be returned to the mother as per the court order granted last week because they had challenged the decision.

“Yesterday [Thursday] we filed [for] leave to appeal the judge’s decision which goes against a previous order ... in our opinion the last court order was illogical,” said Arnie Immerman.

Speaking on behalf of Xingwana’s nephew, Immerman said this meant Majiki’s order had been suspended until a final order was made in the matter.

Majiki is expected to make the order next Friday.

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