Baby abducted from home affairs office

2012-01-17 14:29

Ladysmith - A search has been launched for a one-month-old baby boy and a woman who apparently abducted him from the Ladysmith home affairs office, police said on Tuesday.

The woman approached Baby Mlondi Thwala's mother on Monday, said Captain Thulani Zwane.

She claimed the municipality had commissioned her to offer support to babies under the age of three months.

The woman had previously asked the Colenso community about families with babies in this age group.

Zwane said the woman persuaded the mother to travel with her to the home affairs office where she promised to help with an application for a grant for the baby.

At the office, the woman told the mother she would take the baby to get food. She did not return. The mother became worried and searched the area, but the woman and baby were nowhere to be found.

Zwane said the child had been wearing in a yellow vest with a matching top over it, a lime green waterproof and powder blue pants.

The woman was of medium build with a fair complexion and short hair. She was wearing a yellow T-shirt with the word 'identity' printed on it and a navy denim skirt.

Zwane appealed to the public to report sightings of the woman or baby to the police.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-17 14:43

    'The woman was of medium build with a fair complexion and short hair'....... this really wrinkles my sack! Is it so politically incorrect to actually say she was white or black or coloured? FFS..... no wonder half the perpertrators can get away because no one knows what they look like most of the time.

      Janice - 2012-01-17 14:49

      Brilliantly said, perfect description, she will be found very soon with all those intricate details to go on!!!!!

      Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-17 15:03

      bt there are lighter black ppl and coal black ones, maybe they were just differentiating?lol

      VaMbozha - 2012-01-17 15:20

      @Sylv but they never said she is black...whites, indians,coloureds can have a fair complexion..there are dark indians and dark skinned whites

      Peter - 2012-01-17 15:31

      It would be a description of THAT PERSON/the perpetrator...not what skin color group they fall into.

      Peter - 2012-01-17 16:12

      lol...oops...'Would' = 'should'

      Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-17 19:02

      @VhaMbhoza: i thnk u and i r making the same point, just chose different races to put the point across#Wink

      Boer - 2012-01-18 00:22

      Newsreader cant agree more with you. Brilliant. These idiots are so politacly correct they forgot reality.

  • Nitro - 2012-01-17 14:46

    how do you trust someone with leaving your ONE month old baby with that person which isn't even a family member. Come one this is SA you cannot trust anyone!

      Kala - 2012-01-17 16:06

      Thanks for saving me from some typing Nitro. My thoughts exactly.

  • eradingoana - 2012-01-17 14:53

    This mother is just purely negligent useless mother. There was a high rate of children stolen and getting media coverage. Does she really not know how risky it is to leave your child with a stranger. If she was my wife, she would be gone back to her home because she is not yet matured enough to be a mother.

      Sharon - 2012-01-17 15:09

      Its the same mentality of people who believe the anc will give them food and houses and you wont go to hell if you vote anc............No understanding of anything

  • Peter - 2012-01-17 14:54

    In today's times...with all the *rap we read...always being reminded to look over our shoulders and build higher is it that a mother can still fall prey?? I tell people OFF if i dont trust not ashamed of it...modern society has guided my life into a 'trust no-one zone' unfortunately. I hope you find your little girl and she is safe and sound...and please think twice in future.

  • jo.drewette - 2012-01-17 15:05

    why would the lady need to take the baby to get food at 1 month old the baby only drinks from his mom breast?

      VaMbozha - 2012-01-17 15:22

      they never breast feed these women...HIV+ or not still u see them at work when they have 2 weeks old babies, as if the companies cant survive without them

  • Katlego - 2012-01-17 15:10

    "the woman told the mother she will take baby to get food. she did not return......" How do you let someone to leave with the baby She gave her away

      eradingoana - 2012-01-17 15:20

      She is just wasting police resources because only fools can believe her.

      VaMbozha - 2012-01-17 15:24

      yah she sold the babe...couldnt look after him, boyfrend deserted her and so on

  • tyron.price - 2012-01-17 15:24

    On a reporting note, news 24 strikes again " the child had been wearing in a yellow vest"

  • willbeonekenobi - 2012-01-17 15:26

    Surely some alarm bells should've gone off in the mothers head when the lady that took her child asked her to hand the child over in order to get some food. I'm sorry to say this but she is in my opinion not fit to be a parent to be so careless.

  • _Nats_ - 2012-01-17 15:37

    Unbelievable.... How stupid are you to hand your baby to a stranger.

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-17 15:49

    she went to get food for a 1 month old?????????? were they not supposed to go apply for grant with Department of Social Development??????

  • Deon - 2012-01-17 15:52

    It does not sound right, we heard a similar story last year that ended badly for the baby. I hope I am wrong.

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-01-17 15:53

    So was she a white woman, or not? I agree this politicaly correctness is maddening. But this is a sad story - how terrible for the poor mother, and how cruel. I hope and pray the woman who stole the child is caught and punished, and the baby returned to his mother. I can hardly imagine her distress, poor soul.

  • RiĆ«tte - 2012-01-17 15:57

    why would you give your one-month old to a stranger to go get food, surely the baby is still being breast/bottle fed? It's just amazing how naive some people are! Hope they find the baby soon.

  • Buti - 2012-01-17 16:04

    I Hope there are cameras inside and outside the home affairs office. I don't blame you it was not your intention to let your baby just vanished with this devil bitch. May God be with you.

  • Lister - 2012-01-17 16:10

    this is devastating,,,,bt e mother of the child wz foolish 2 gv e bby 2 a stranger i do feel sory for bt part of m blames hr for hr stupidity dnt ppl learn?hw mny stories do w read evrdae of ppl abductn bbies hp sh gts her bby alive....

      Peter - 2012-01-17 16:26

      Google translate cant even figure what language you talking

      trix.duvenage - 2012-01-17 18:55

      Janee jy verkrag jou eie taal koos [lister] should have bneen lisper....

  • smahlaba - 2012-01-17 16:11

    The ANC ....

      rianadk - 2012-01-17 16:38

      What about them?

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-17 16:59

      It's cold in winter.

  • Lucky Khunou - 2012-01-17 19:05

    how can people get so careless with their babies? The woman u should arrested and charged with child necligency.

  • Justine Marais - 2012-01-17 23:51

    Like I would ever leave my baby with a total stranger! How irresponsible of the mother. Or she is really naive. I hope baby will be found unharmed.

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