Accused ‘a new mother’

2015-07-23 10:34

WITHIN a few months of her arrest on a charge of kidnapping a three-week-old baby from his mother at the Department of Home Affairs last year, the alleged kidnapper herself fell pregnant and gave birth last month.

This emerged in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court where the alleged kidnapper, Nokulunga Mzila (26), had been expected to appear yesterday and possibly plead to the charge against her for the kidnapping of baby Lwandle Olwethu Madlala on April 15 last year.

Instead a man, who identified Mzila as his girlfriend, told the court that Mzila was not able to come to court yesterday as she had given birth to a baby of her own by caesarian section on June 24.

She was therefore not fit to attend her trial yesterday. He did not say if the baby is a boy or a girl.

The presiding magistrate, V. Ngobese, authorised a routine warrant for Mzila’s arrest due to her failure to appear in court. However, he ordered that the warrant will not be executed pending her next scheduled appearance in court on September 25 this year.

The disappearance of baby Olwethu — the son of Nonhlanhla Madlala and Sphiwe Mphemba — last year was widely publicised in the media.

The baby was abducted at the Home Affairs offices in Church Street when his mother allegedly entrusted him to the care of a woman who offered to help while she was filling out forms to apply for his birth certificate.

Seven weeks later Madlala spotted a woman in Edendale Mall whom she allegedly recognised as the kidnapper.

She told The Witness in an interview soon after her baby was returned to her that the suspect had unthinkingly greeted her. Then, apparently realising who she was, the woman gave her the slip, disappearing into a shop.

She alleged the woman had hidden a baby she was carrying from her view.

Madlala said people in a shop knew who the suspect was and she reported the information to the police.

Baby Olwethu was subsequently recovered and returned to Madlala’s care and Mzila was arrested and charged with his kidnapping.

Mzila was released on bail of R1 000 pending her trial

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