Mom tells of baby kidnap anguish

2012-01-19 08:50

Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal woman has told of her anguish following the abduction of her month-old baby boy by a woman posing as a home affairs official.

The kidnapper said her name was Thandeka and approached several families in the Colenso vicinity under false pretences, claiming she was sent by the municipality to arrange grants for them and help them, The Times reported.

Nomuso Thwala fell for her promises and travelled with the woman to the Ladysmith home affairs office where the woman took her son, Mlondi, and disappeared with him. 

Thwala was crying on Wednesday when she told how she had trusted the woman, thinking she was sent by the government to help her.

She said the woman had seen how poor she was and had taken advantage of her.

All she needed was her child, she said.

KwaZulu-Natal police said it was often found in such cases that babies were taken by desperate women who had falsified pregnancies and then needed to produce a child to keep a boyfriend or lover.


  • Nitro - 2012-01-19 09:03

    This is SA trust nobody you should know that by now. Any goodluck!!

  • Megan - 2012-01-19 09:08

    I am usually the first person to blame parents for the fact that children are kidnapped and usually awful things are done to them. This is the exception! My heart goes out to this poor woman! I know for a fact that the SARS office in Cape Town have people employed to assit moms with babies while they are waiting in the queue so I'm not entirely certain I can blame this mother for accepting help from someone she genuinely believed was employed to assist. I hope her baby boy is found safe and sound!

  • Siso - 2012-01-19 09:08

    Wow what a sad story. One should learn not to trust anybody..

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-19 09:27

    If the mother has a picture of the baby then I would suggest that its circulated especially where mothers go and register for child grants as well as maybe newspaper posters on street corners. That is where the baby might be used for.

  • Peter - 2012-01-19 10:32

    Although I am very sorry for this lady, I still think birth control is the order of the day. If the lady is poor, then how is the child going to fed? Scumbags take advantage of vulnerable people and this is a good example. Good luck.

  • pekpsbotha - 2012-01-19 10:35

    South Africa can't get any sicker!!!

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-19 11:11

    excuse my ignorance, bt how do u fake a pregnance for 9 months without ur partner noticing?unless they in a long distance r'ship bt stil, u'd have to be Stevie Wonder to ths b.s, anyways gudluck on finding the lil' chap my sister, this is Mzantsi, these bastards would even steal milk from tea if they cud

      Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-19 11:19


      Megan - 2012-01-19 12:00

      Sylvester, it is unfortunately something that woman have been getting away with for some time now. Granted it doesn't happen often and we hear more about these kinds of stories coming from other places in the world - which of course the anti-South Africans (see pekpsbotha comment above) will never admit! Careful planning and a relatively good understanding of the maternity cycle may make it quite easy. Also, the woman who tend to do these things are usually unable to concieve and VERY desparate. I just don't understand why the choose to take a child from a loving mother when there are plenty more babies out there with absolutely nothing.

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