Tearful mom pleads for baby's return

2012-02-07 08:32

Pretoria - A Pretoria mother has made an emotional appeal to the kidnapper of her 6-month-old baby to bring him back safely.

"She must please not hurt him, he’s all I've got," said a tearful Mita Marobe, 33, on Monday.

Kgonsientsile was apparently kidnapped by his nanny who later demanded R45 000 in ransom.

Police are searching for Linete Moyo, the Zimbabwean nanny.

Baby, possessions gone

An emotional Marobe cried as she recounted how she woke up alone at 06:10 on Monday in the room where she, her son and Moyo slept. Marobe is a nurse and lives in Hesteapark in northern Pretoria.

She couldn’t find her son or his nanny anywhere and the keys were also gone.

Marobe, her sister, and her sister’s children, who live in the house with them, were all locked in.

The supervisor of the complex later unlocked the door for them.

Moyo allegedly left with Marobe’s only child, as well as with her handbag, wallet, cellphone and more than R5 000.

Marobe said her sister later received an SMS from Moyo saying she had to give her R45 000 if she wanted to see her baby again.

She also wanted the PIN codes to her bank cards.

“I am heartbroken. I don’t care, she can take everything. She can keep the things she took - I just want my child back.”


Marobe obtained Moyo’s services through an agency. The woman had worked for her for four months.

Marobe said a man from the employment agency accompanied her when she and her sister made statements at the Akasia police station on Monday.

“We treated her like one of the family. She came with us to my parents in Brits, how could she do this?” Marobe wanted to know.

Jacob Gavau, 36, Kgosientsile’s father, said he received a hysterical call from Marobe on Monday morning, saying their son was gone.

He lives in the Pretoria CBD and said he didn’t know Moyo.

"Just bring back my baby. Whatever you [Moyo] took, you can keep, but my baby is important to me," said Gavau.

  • dumisiledee - 2012-02-07 08:46

    Oh No!!!! I'd die seriously..

      mike.rockey - 2012-02-07 09:16

      come on guys, their child is missing. give them the benefit of the doubt, dont just implicate the parents without any evidence.

  • Stan - 2012-02-07 08:47

    Something just doesn't add up here. I just can't say what it is though...

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-07 08:50

      Do you think the dad is involved? cause for a second there I sensed that too but dismissed the feeling

      Stan - 2012-02-07 08:53

      I don't think the parents are being completely honest here...

      lebo.lathane - 2012-02-07 09:05

      Whatever it is that is happening, Russian Roulette or whatever, my only prayer and hope is that it doesn't come to the worst for baby Kgosientsile and he's ultimately reunited with his mom! He's just an innocent little child.

  • Marion - 2012-02-07 08:49

    Instead of posting pictures of this beautiful child, please post pictures of the nanny !!! How can she be caught if no one knows what she looks like?

      Steve - 2012-02-07 08:57

      Agreed - Surely the agency would have a photo on file?

      Sizah - 2012-02-07 09:40

      MARION i share your sentiments sumthing is not adding up here, these people need to talk, there is more to this story that my gut feel

      Mzamo - 2012-02-07 09:49

      According to report on the same story, the Nanny allegedly deleted all videos and photos from the family's laptop and the mother's cell phone and she took away all copies of work papers that will lead the police to her.

      Marion - 2012-02-07 10:19

      I have just seen a pic of the 'nanny' on Missing Children SA page on Facebook. Side view but identifiable I think.

  • Rainbow - 2012-02-07 08:55

    The poor mom, I would be besides myself if someone took my son, only a parent can understand the emotions this woman is feeling. I hope and pray that her boy's life will be spared and that the baby will be returned to his mom.

  • Seja - 2012-02-07 09:03

    This story is just very shady! ... it would mean this nanny planned this whole whole thing from day 1 when she got hired - maybe even before that! - she could have been waiting for a victim to give her a nanny job and execute her plan (which seems to have been done with great precision)

  • Bobo - 2012-02-07 09:06

    The cellphone can be traced even if it`s pre paid. The technology is there, make use of it....SAPS IO. Just get a court order ! Agency : Provide a photo ! It surely can`t be that difficult ????

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-07 09:15

    I feel for the mother, but really, to blast it all over the media when she was told not to contact the police? The kidnapper is now on the run from the law as well. The baby is now in real danger as everybody will be looking for a woman with a baby. Damn that was stupid of the mother!!! I honestly hope that the baby is going to be ok, but now things are getting out of hand and the kidnapper might get desperate.

      inwardk - 2012-02-07 09:25

      Yes I agree - strange indeed - maybe it's because she knows more - much more - than she is letting on

      Moi - 2012-02-07 09:37

      Give the poor mom a break. Do you have any idea how she must be feeling? The kidnapper would always be on the run from the law - she broke the law. If I were in that poor woman's shoes, I'd probably also get my childs pic out there and get it in the news as much as I could to have more people on the lookout.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 09:43

      This MUST be reported to the police! Come on Gerhard, this is not the movies, the police have the resources to trace this women. Sitting with your thumb up your butt hoping you can sort it out on your own puts the chances of recovery to zero and the chances of even further exploitation at a very high possibility..

      Gerhard - 2012-02-07 09:53

      PointBlank. I agree with you 100%, but if you remember from yesterday, she contacted 702 and not the police. The first thing she should have done is contact the police. But no, she contacted a radio station. What is up with that? With R5 000 in her pocket, the nanny could be long gone over the border again. This is not the movies, this is reality and the police move a bit slower in RSA. Every minute is vital in getting the baby back!

      Marion - 2012-02-07 10:23

      As a mother I would go straight to the police and blast it all over the media and keep it blasted all over the media if I could. The Leigh Matthews case is a prime example of what a parent should do. In fact all newspapers and magazines should have a page devoted to pics of missing children / adults in my opinion. Serve communities print media. Don't leave it all to the online folk.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 13:03

      @Gerhard, ah ok I did not see that.. Thought I had all bases covered, grrrr.. anyway moving on... baby's been found now to hunt down that evil cow.

  • candice.raley - 2012-02-07 09:21

    Ok I know how the cute baby looks but how does the Nanny look, I mean wouldn't it be sensible to put pictures all over of the Nanny so that people know what to look out for and then if someone sees her they can report it, because as we know it, she could walk right past us and we wouldn't even know it was her ?!

  • inwardk - 2012-02-07 09:23

    What I don't like about the photo is that this little child has the eyes of an old man - Not sure whether I believe the nanny story - what was really going on in that house?

  • Thoka - 2012-02-07 09:28

    she was on a mission from the first day she was hired as a nanny. We all or most of us leave our kids with inhouse strangers, its in the almighty's hands as we are not arround to see what they get up to in our absence. Hope they catch her together with her evil buddies. nxaaa

  • Sizah - 2012-02-07 09:38


  • lhenama - 2012-02-07 09:47

    Maar News24 can be so petty, yesterday they said it was a ransom of R4, 500.00 and today its R45,000.00. I feel for the parents really and I understand how painful that is and really it makes it very hard now as mothers to trust anyone with our children as much as we need the help from the nannies its as if we're not meeting each other halfway by the way the do things, because we're also helping them in return. If they're not stealing household things they want to own your house and your husband or they want take over in everything meanwhile you're really going out of your way to make them comfortable in order to treat your child in a very right way while you're at work, its really sad and we really do not know what steps to take when they behave like this. Its times like these that we wish our mother's were around to take care of care of our children because these days you can't trust anyone.

  • Thoka - 2012-02-07 09:54

    I think baby daddy smells a rat here. I miss 80's police officers with their millitary style interoggation.

  • lynn.greenwood - 2012-02-07 09:54

    How sad. Hopefully he is returned safely poor little guy. Can't imagine what the parents are going through.

  • Patrick - 2012-02-07 09:55

    I am absolutely blown away at some of the callous,negative & suspicious comments made here without a single shred of evidence. This mother deserves all our support and sympathy, not thinly veiled allegations or criticism about employing illegals. Those of you who are parents and have shown no sympathy disgust me!

  • Elle-Black - 2012-02-07 09:56

    I will say it yet again people you cannot trust the people from Zinm and Moz,I truly hope someone listens.The only reason why they accept the low wages is because they already have bigger plans on how to milk you.

  • Elle-Black - 2012-02-07 09:57

    @ Janine go ahead employ them all you want but have been warned.

  • Marion - 2012-02-07 10:20

    Go to 'Missing Children SA' facebook page to see a recently posted pic of the 'nanny'.

  • Gregg - 2012-02-07 10:27

    terrible news! i hope the cops find the youngster, or the domestic returns him!

  • Jack - 2012-02-07 10:39

    Does she have the Passport Number or the Zimbabwean ID number? If so can she immediately get in touch with the Embassy. Using the Passport NUmber and the ID, she can be traced to her Zimbabwean family.. Zim ID system is spot on..If any Zimbo tells you they dont have an ID, they will b e lying. That ID System is quite not easy to cheat.

  • Zizi - 2012-02-07 11:09

    Le hutu la tshweni le teng mmo! What's agency input on this phela, they are the one's who sugggested the nanny to Marobe!

  • lhenama - 2012-02-07 12:14

    The boy has been found in a creche in Hillbrow unharmed.

  • Makhawukana - 2012-02-07 12:21

    There is surely something that motivated the kidnapping. People want to have helpers in their houses but come month end they are not paid or half paid. So let she be caught then you will hear the real story behind this.

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