No news for parents of snatched baby

2014-04-19 00:00

THREE days have gone by and there are still no signs of month-old baby Olwethu Madlala.

His father, Bonginkosi Mphemba, and mother, Nonhlanhla Madlala, are having sleepless nights after their baby was snatched by a good samaritan who offered to help the mother at the Home Affairs offices while she was trying to fill in forms on Tuesday.

“It has been a tough week for us,” said Mphemba.

He said it was better during the day when people distracted him but “at night seeing his clothes, everything just comes back”.

Mphemba said: “I now even hate to hear the words ‘Home Affairs’ — they told me there that they were going to be installing surveillance cameras and I told them it was a bit too late because my baby is missing.”

He said they have even gone to traditional healers to see if they can help in finding their baby, but nothing had come of it.

“I can’t even begin to think what I will be without my baby,” Mphemba said.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the woman suspected of abducting Olwethu is described as an African female in her late 20s with a slender build and medium complexion. She has short black hair and a bruise to her left eye.

“The woman was seen wearing a suede leather jacket, a pair of black skinny jeans and a pair of boots, and was also carrying a nappy bag at the time of the incident,” said Naicker.

Police are making an appeal to anyone who can assist with any information regarding the incident to urgently contact the investigating officer Detective Warrant Officer Yolynn Denness at 033 387 9510 or 079 500 0373. Members of the public may also contact Crime Stop at 086 001 0111.

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