Pretoria baby found at Hillbrow crèche

2012-02-07 12:35

Pretoria - A 6-month old Pretoria baby thought to have been kidnapped by his nanny has been found alive and well, Missing Children SA (MCSA) said on Tuesday.

The baby was found safe and unharmed at a crèche in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, on Tuesday morning, MCSA said in a statement.

"The suspect [his nanny] has not been found yet. Police are still looking for her."

The child's aunt received a text message with a telephone number for the crèche, said Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou.

A woman dropped off the baby, gave the crèche R100 and told staff she would pick up the boy later in the day.

The live-in nanny was believed to have kidnapped her employer's baby on Monday from their home in Hestia Park, Pretoria.

The infant's mother woke up on Monday morning to find the nanny and the baby gone. The 21-year-old Zimbabwean had shared a room with the mother and the baby.

Ndou said a security guard told the mother that the nanny had left with the baby at about 05:00. She told the guard she was taking the baby to the doctor.

The guards alerted the mother who called the police, said Ndou.

Two cellphones, a wallet, a bank card and money were missing from the house.

Ndou said the nanny apparently sent a text message to the mother on Monday asking for a ransom in exchange for the baby's safe return.

Ndou could not confirm a news report that the nanny demanded R45 000 for the baby.

The Pretoria News reported on Tuesday that the nanny had spent weeks planning the alleged crime, erasing photos and videos of herself from the family's cellphones and laptop computer.

According to the report, she had also asked that copies of her asylum papers be returned to her on the pretext that they needed to be updated.

This could not be confirmed by Ndou.

  • tinkerbell7 - 2012-02-07 12:38

    What did the Creche have to say??

      Steven - 2012-02-07 12:44

      N24 just wanted to be the first ones to report about this, and due to that -- vague information has been given to us...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 13:00

      @Steven, and as a result the crèche will be bombarded with News24 commenters with all kinds of vile accusations and insults...

      Peter - 2012-02-07 13:37

      @Steven: this isnt going to be the end of are right on the money though. In the next few days/weeks this story wont even be recognizable. Only the word 'nanny' will be the reminder.

      Arthur - 2012-02-07 13:41

      The story has been released two hours ago on EWN. Therefore some lazy journo from CPT just copied the story and pasted it here.

      Nick - 2012-02-07 15:17

      @Arthur - Unless you are a journalist I would suggest you keep your comments to don't have a clue what your talking about!

      Ingrid - 2012-02-07 15:40

      @Steven, this is a very sensitive case, so not too much info is allowed to be given. At least they did not make a sensation storm of it, which if you were a reporte, probably would have done!

  • Marion - 2012-02-07 12:39

    Happy to hear that the little one is safe.

      Steven - 2012-02-07 13:20


      larisha.toffar - 2012-02-07 13:22

      That is what counts..

      Sizah - 2012-02-07 13:44

      i see this whole abduction as sum form of publicity stunt, suddenly the kid is found at a creche F*U who u think u fooling, i wonder what these ppl are up2....

      Rudie - 2012-02-07 13:46

      @Steven - Poeple or should i say a poephol will do it.

  • jaz82 - 2012-02-07 12:40

    Nanny on the run

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-07 19:08

      why on earth can't these stupid rich mothers sleep with their children and also pay their nannies well? so why do they think the nanny did not have leeway to do her misdeeds after noticing that the parents actually made her the absolute parent without sufficient compensation for her troubles? lets get the nanny and hear her side of the story also

      TheWatcher - 2012-02-07 22:29

      @Mfudzi - There is no excuse for stealing someone else's baby. I don't care what the back story is

  • Merven - 2012-02-07 12:41

    Some good news finally, thanks N24.

  • Mashudu - 2012-02-07 12:44

    Thanks GOD the Baby is unharmed!

      Rudie - 2012-02-07 13:47

      Another poephol giving a thumbs down .

  • emokgojoe - 2012-02-07 12:45

    Thank God hes safe and thank God he talked some sense into the nanys head...which boils down to this crucial well do you know your helper or nanny?????

      Marion - 2012-02-07 12:49

      That is a good question emokgojoe. I think many people do not have the foggiest idea where there employees live, who their relatives are, what their children's names are etc., so how can they possibly know the true colours of the person they employ in the most trusted of positions? Remember the case of baby Marzanne and her negligent nanny?

      Robert - 2012-02-07 13:00

      emokgojoe, you do realise a six month old cant speak yet? dont you?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 13:01

      Well I need to know from God why he let the baby get snatched in the first place!

      Lindiwe Skosana - 2012-02-07 13:08

      Lmao I was thinking the same thing, Robert.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-07 13:12

      intriguing indeed...

      Michael - 2012-02-07 14:58

      @Robert and Lindiwe, if you read emokgojoe's comment propoerly you will notice that "he" actually refers to "He - God" not the child.

  • Stan - 2012-02-07 12:46

    Find the nanny. Impale her.

      Willie - 2012-02-07 13:02

      deport her to china with a bag full of cocain

  • Grimmister - 2012-02-07 12:46

    Good news...I hope they find the nanny soon. I have a tiny kid and would not want someone like that on the loose.

  • MsMoagi - 2012-02-07 12:47

    Come on now is this reporting? This is so vague....

      Mannie777 - 2012-02-07 13:10

      Did you read Steven's comment above?

  • Shirley - 2012-02-07 12:52

    Great news! Now can the cops please find this "nanny" and lock her away! She must not get bail though as she is unstable!!!!

      Willie - 2012-02-07 13:03

      deport her to china with a bag full of cocain

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-07 13:10


      Rudie - 2012-02-07 13:48


  • Moi - 2012-02-07 12:53

    Happy to hear that baby is safe and sound.

  • nicolaasvanoudtshoorn - 2012-02-07 12:53

    Cape Town - Pretoria - Johannesburg... I'm confused. In a bit of a hurry to get the story out?

      dlawre30 - 2012-02-07 13:05

      Simple really - baby was kidnapped in Pretoria. Baby was found at a crèche in Johannesburg. Report has been written by a jurno in Cape Town.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-07 13:11


  • Ndivhuho - 2012-02-07 12:56

    Happiness that this has ended well for the parents and the baby!

  • Nomveliso - 2012-02-07 13:01

    HOW WILL THEY CATCH THE NANNY NOW .. doesnt News24 understand by breaking this story the nanny might not return back to the creche .. eish .. they may have just jeopardised this case ...

      Peter - 2012-02-07 13:45

      Are you under the impression that the nanny dropped the kid off at creche, so that she can do the things she needs to do, before picking him up again???

  • JayJohnsonS - 2012-02-07 13:04

    ah police and their "has not been found yet and are still looking phrase is so outdated>>>always the case in every crime bloody incompetence

  • dumisiledee - 2012-02-07 13:06

    Shoooo that was a close one! Glad the child was found safe and unharmed.

  • Snoopsy - 2012-02-07 13:13

    One question, Since when does a Creche takes kids in without upfront payment? Glad the kiddie is okay.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-07 13:19

      Snoopy wait for the fuller report/article. We can speculate, even knowing the woman stole money as well, but I recommend we wait.

  • Mbali - 2012-02-07 13:15

    Happy to hear that God is great,please people you must not have fight with kids,if you got a problem with me deal with me not my child

      Lee - 2012-02-07 14:13

      Well, Did god let the child get kidnapped?

  • Dominique - 2012-02-07 13:17

    Thank goodness the child has been found unharmed.

  • john.ncala - 2012-02-07 13:18

    really good news

  • emokgojoe - 2012-02-07 13:19

    @Robert whats a six month old baby and talking have to do with what i said? my point was we generally dont check the nannys /helpers backround fully when we hire them, which again comes back to this question..except for an id copy what else do you know apart from her coming from far away eg Zim or Lesotho or even here locally..have you been to her place..just a question..and one advice i have which i myself am going to do today..take a picture of your helper every six months..for offence aunties

      Marion - 2012-02-07 13:26

      @emokgojoe .... I think Robert was making a joke about the talking. Agree with you that one should have photographs of one's helpers, and also a copy of the id document, work permit or whatever else can help to track them down if necessary. It doesn't matter how much you trust someone, get their pic and other pertinent details.

  • Admire - 2012-02-07 13:27

    get this stupid nanny - making zimbos look bad

  • Rudolph - 2012-02-07 13:30

    The kid's got street cred already. 6 month's old and already hanging out at Hillbrow. Start at the Creche and work your way up - baby steps. Kgo will always be gangsta in my books.

      Pixie86 - 2012-02-07 14:10

      all those who gave you thumbs down don't have a sense of humour.

  • Sechaba - 2012-02-07 13:32

    was the child just dumped there???

  • Mfazepepa - 2012-02-07 13:33

    Thank you God that the baby has been found unharmed...God is Great!

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-07 13:38

      Really is a great thing that the baby was unharmed even though the poor mother will never be the same again,tha's traumatic

      Lee - 2012-02-07 14:15

      Ask god to not do this again to a baby

  • Tammy - 2012-02-07 13:34

    steven a trol looking for attention - let's all ignore low lifes like that and just rejoice that the little one is safe.

  • Franklyn - 2012-02-07 13:44

    public flogging for anyone that hurts kids comes to mind.

  • Tammy - 2012-02-07 13:45

    steven, just so there is no confusion - i was answering your question and not calling you a trol

  • Aaron Nkosi - 2012-02-07 14:02

    WHo to trust? Who to employ? They came in innocent looking for a job - but do you trust her?

  • Kobus - 2012-02-07 14:05

    Yesterday reported that the Dad does not stay in Pretoria.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-02-07 14:08

    the important thing is the baby is safe!

  • Daniel - 2012-02-07 14:13

    Thank heavens he's safe

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-07 14:16

    Shame, im glad he was found unharmed! Cant imagine what the mother must have been going through!

  • Smele - 2012-02-07 14:24

    Phew good for the parents what a relief good work to the person who had tip the police well done to the SAPS

  • isaac.mpusha - 2012-02-07 14:28

    thanks god no harm has been done to the baby.

  • isaac.mpusha - 2012-02-07 14:30

    thanks god the child has been found with no harm, were the nanny its think its something that we must not worry about. but to the ppl who are looking for house wifes ( vhathusi) lets make sure we have the details of them.

  • Emma - 2012-02-07 14:38

    So happy the little chicken is okay and will be sleeping in his own little cot tonight. He's only 6 months old but he must have missed his mummy.

  • Helen - 2012-02-07 15:16

    Halleluja. At least we have some good news today!

  • laura.thysse - 2012-02-07 15:17


  • Tendy Nedombs - 2012-02-07 15:54

    There must be a reason why she took the baby away but that is GOOD news that the baby is found safe. Well done Moyo.

  • Chrissie - 2012-02-07 15:58

    Scary what money can do

  • Ruth - 2012-02-07 15:59

    yahoo, I bet he will be non the wiser, thank goodness he was not harmed

  • Karena - 2012-02-07 16:06

    SO happy the little one safe and un harmed god bless them what a horrible ordeal - mommy must be so happy

  • Rebaone - 2012-02-07 21:31

    what a terible thing that the mother of the child had to experience and how can a human being do that to a fellow human being because of a material thing called money.the nanny must be arrested for a very long period of time for doing such a cruel thing to the mother of the child.

  • Walter Lamza Mogano - 2012-02-08 00:34

    Now how do u deal with this kind of behavior n this person is not from SA God please help Zuma to re-think abt deporting other ppl to their countries, why this influx of our neighbours entering illegally be our country never happened in 1987? Free Country full of crooks mxm

  • Silvana - 2012-02-08 06:53

    Ndou is the investigating officer, yet he seems unable to confirm any og the allegations. HYmmm. One thing in the nanny"s favour is that she made sure she "dumped" the baby in a safe place.

  • Susan - 2012-02-08 09:23

    maybe the mother was in with the scam, she thaught governemt would step in to get her baby back, once the money was handed over,the nanny would disappear for a while, thereafter share the money with the mother!!!

  • Abram - 2012-02-09 12:49

    This mother's child is cruel and a liar,she never paid the nanny but she said nanny stole R5000 and two cellphones after that she said she receive sms,how many phones numbers does she gave to nanny-she was treating this poor Girl bad like a slave.

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