Deputy minister returns abducted 3-year-old to East London family

2015-09-10 19:59
(Picture: Supplied)

(Picture: Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

King William's Town – A 3-year-old girl from East London has been reunited with her parents after she was allegedly abducted by the family’s domestic worker.

The child was allegedly taken out of the country and held for R500 000 in ransom for more than a month.

The girl, Perfect Gift Msesiwe, was officially returned to her parents by Deputy Minister of Police, Maggie Sotyu on Thursday.

Sotyu issued a stern warning to parents, emphasising the need to check identification documents and do background checks on domestic workers, especially those meant to look after children.

The child was taken on August 3, allegedly by the 32-year-old domestic worker, who had been hired by the East London couple to help the girl’s grandmother look after her. The girl’s mother, Zolelwa, is a municipal official while her father, Siyabonga, works at a bank. The family live in Mdantsane. 

The domestic worker allegedly disappeared with the girl just three weeks after being hired.

Following her abduction, the child was reported missing and the police family violence‚ child protection and sexual offences unit (FCS) initially took up the case. But a task team - consisting of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence, FCS, Organised Crime, Social Development and other roleplayers - was established to search for her after a ransom demand was received.

Provincial police spokesperson, Colonel Thembinkosi Kinana, said preliminary investigations revealed that the child was in Gauteng.

It was then later reported that the girl had been moved to Mozambique, which led to the involvement of Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation (SARPCCO) and Interpol.

"Police followed the leads and in the process it transpired that the perpetrators of the offence were looking for a ransom of R500 000 from the parents," he said.

Kinana said the domestic worker who had allegedly kidnapped the child was arrested on Friday in East Rand and appeared briefly in court on Monday in Gauteng. She has not yet pleaded and can therefore not be named.

The woman is expected to appear again at the Mdantsane Magistrate's Court on charges of kidnapping, illegal immigration, extortion and human trafficking. She will appear on September 15 2015.

Kinana said, at this stage, police were unable to release all the details regarding the circumstances surrounding the kidnapping due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.

"More information will be shared with the media at the appropriate time," he said.

Read more on:    east london  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.