Still no case for 'kidnapped' Durban girl

2011-11-29 16:55

Cape Town - By Tuesday afternoon, Durban police had yet to open an abduction case for a 10-year-old girl who had been kidnapped by her mother who is allegedly a drug addict.

According to police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane, police did not open a case because McKayla Raynard was snatched by her biological mother and the little girl’s grandmother could also not prove that she had custody of her.

Raynard was abducted from Seaview Primary School.

Zwane told News24 he was unsure if investigating officers had been informed of mother’s alleged drug addiction. She is also apparently a prostitute.

He said they want to speak to the child’s mother to “get her side of the story”.

McKayla’s aunt, Siobhon Raynard, said that the number plate of the vehicle - an Opel Corsa - in which the child was kidnapped was swapped with that of another vehicle. Both the Corsa and the other vehicle, a Toyota Hilux are registered to an “A Atuhaire” and to an address in Shrimptail Road in Rochard’s Bay.

The registration on the Corsa is NRB-62310.  


McKayla, who has a dark Indian complexion, was last seen at her school between 10:30 and 11:00. She is about 1.4-1.5m tall and was described by her grandmother as “a bit stroppy”. She has black hair and dark brown eyes.

Her mother, Calene Bianca Rutgers, is between 1.5-1.7m tall, between a size 30-32, has black hair and dark brown eyes and was last seen wearing a red dress. Raynard’s grandmother described her as being “dark”.

Siobhon Raynard told News24 that the grandmother has not yet got permanent custody of the child because the court is still trying to speak to Rutgerf but have been unable to contact her.

“First she has a phone, then doesn’t. First she has an address then doesn’t. She’s unfit to be a parent.”

She said that all she wanted was for her niece to be safe at home.

Raynard said that if members of the public have any information they can phone the Bellair police on 031 451 2826. Police also said that they could be contacted on 031 451 2804.

  • CarmenP.Duncan - 2011-11-29 17:06

    what a shambles....the poor little girl...

  • Shirley - 2011-11-29 17:42

    I see a nasty outcome here. The lethargy of police is pathetic. Bottom line a child is missing,99% chance she is with a drug addict mother who is capable of anything. Their first thought should be the safety of the child! Why bother with the whole "16 days" thing if they cant even get off their Lazy a@ses and do something!!!!!!!

      SToast - 2011-11-29 19:45

      I don't think they are being lethargic it all. From this and other reports it looks like they are following every lead and have made this case a priority. You are right that the bottom line in that a child is missing, the drug addict/prostitute part is pure hear-say.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2011-11-30 07:48

      “First she has a phone, then doesn’t. First she has an address then doesn’t. She’s unfit to be a parent.” - sounds exactly like my 2 older drug addicted brothers. Who knows if this woman will hurt her child, but that level of drug addiction is definitely a big no-no for parenthood.

  • heinerl - 2011-11-29 19:11

    Will they only do something when the girl has been sold for sex?????????????????????????????????????????

  • SToast - 2011-11-29 19:43

    Well done to the police for taking a neutral stance and not judging the mother based on what the grandmother says. Let's hope they find her soon and get to the bottom of it all for the child's sake.

  • Jo - 2011-11-29 23:33

    Do we have an Amber Alert system in SA? If not, we should adopt that system.

  • Lizl - 2011-11-30 07:24

    We had a case of a 10 year old girl being kidnapped by her dad's girlfriend, and it happened during recess at school. The girl and her mom had been placed in a safehouse (by the welfare). First the dad tried to take her from the safehouse one night. When he couldn't succeed, he sent his girlfriend to the school. The police also wouldn't open a case.

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-11-30 07:25

    Besides the terrible circumstances of the story, the article itself looks as if it were written by a grade 4 learner.

  • Diane - 2011-11-30 11:39

    Good luck with Bellair SAPS....

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