Adoptive mom loses Botswana child

2013-02-23 00:00

A KWAZULU-NATAL woman said she still feels numb after she lost a court battle with the Botswana authorities to get her adopted daughter back to South Africa yesterday.

However, she will fight to the bitter end to get the four-year-old back.

The woman said she will fight the judgment. She has consulted a lawyer from Johannesburg who will take on the case.

The matter has been dragging on at the court and judgment had been postponed several times.

While in Botswana, the woman adopted a baby. After working for several years in that country as a teacher, the woman was forced to leave the child she adopted behind after she was accused of child trafficking.

She cannot be named to protect the identity of the child.

And when her contract ended last month, she had to come back to South Africa to start her new teaching job. However, the authorities barred her from taking the child with her.

Speaking to Weekend Witness, she said: “I still feel numb. I still cannot understand why my child was taken away from us because we’ve got all the legal documents.”

She said she did not even know where her daughter was being kept.

“All they say is that she is in a place of safety, but we’re not sure.”

The woman has been a mother to her daughter for four years and even took her along when she went on honeymoon in Thailand after she got married last year.

She said they were not even able to send her the toys that she usually slept with.

“I’m still stressed and didn’t want to talk when all of my friends called me.”

The last time she saw her little girl was last month in Gaborone when the police barged into their hotel room and grabbed the child and took her away screaming.

“Sometimes I hear her calling for me,” the mother said, adding that the whole family missed her.

“We did everything together. We were never apart.”

The little girl shares a birthday with her seven-year-old brother.

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