Dad allegedly kidnaps son, 7, leaves SA

2014-12-09 11:59

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Cape Town – Specialised Security Services says it is helping police investigate the alleged kidnap of a 7-year-old boy by his father last month when he took him on a "dad weekend" and left the country for Egypt.

Specialist Investigator Mike Bolhuis told News24 that the incident happened on 28 November after the father, who is "divorced" from the child’s mother, took him on a weekend and left the country with him.

Bolhuis said information gathered so far indicated "malicious intent by the father to remove the child from South Africa without the mother's consent or knowledge".

"His father managed to get him out of the country without the consent of his mother and only informed her of his whereabouts when he called to tell her he was in Egypt and she won’t be seeing her son again," said Bolhuis.


Bolhuis said it was clear the father influenced someone at the Egyptian embassy to process all documents required for him to take the child out of the country.

"Authorities as well as the very embassy who approved the child’s visa have proved to be both incompetent and unco-operative," said Bolhuis

South African laws do not permit a parent to travel with a child out of the country without the other parent’s consent.

"We are sure he had some contact at the Egyptian embassy. The Egyptian embassy, therefore, will have to explain how the child left the country," said Bolhuis.

The Egyptian embassy said they were aware of the case, adding that they received the mother’s complaint at the beginning of December and met her last week.

"Since then we have been following the case with the Egyptian Authorities in order to reach the father and investigate the matter," said the embassy in a statement.

Marital problems and uneasiness

The embassy said it asked the mother for additional information about the father of her son “particularly how the father can be reached in Egypt as well as a copy of his passport and the child’s passport”.  

When  the mother "failed  to  provide  a  copy  or  the  passport  number  of  the  child,  we checked his name on our visa system for the last three months and among our visa application forms, and we couldn’t find the child details on our system or any application form bearing his details,” read the statement.

The embassy denied it had not been co-operative in giving information as the Specialised Security Services had "not met with anyone of us at the embassy".

According to Bolhuis, an accumulation of marital problems and uneasiness between the father and the mother could have prompted the father to "kidnap" the child.

Bolhuis said although his team had managed to talk to the mother and other family members about the issue, they had not been able to talk to the father yet.

Bolhuis said the investigations were still underway, adding that anyone with information pertaining to the case could contact him on +00 27 82447 6116

Read more on:    egypt  |  child abuse  |  north africa  |  abductions  |  crime

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