'Secret love affair' at the heart of baby Siwaphiwe case

By Kirstin Buick
13 March 2017

Under "intense scrutiny and questioning by detectives", S'bongile Mbambo allegedly admitted to having an affair.

According to TimesLive, two independent police sources confirmed that it was her admission that lead to the break in the case police needed to find Siwaphiwe.

The one-month-old had been missing for 48 hours, after her mother was supposedly hijacked at gunpoint at a shopping centre in Greyville, Durban.

She told authorities she had been able to pull her eight-year-old out of the Toyota Yaris in time, but her assailants had sped off with her youngest strapped into the back seat.

PHOTO: Emergency Control SA PHOTO: Emergency Control SA

A massive manhunt ensued for the baby girl's kidnappers, garnering an outpouring of sympathy for the family from all over South Africa.

Eventually Siwaphiwe was found in the early hours of Sunday morning. Hours later her mother S'bongile was arrested.

According to reports, the hijacking was "staged" and the nearly newborn victim had been holed away at a house in New Hanover in central KwaZulu-Natal.

TimesLive reports that once S'bongile had given police her alleged lover's name, they were able to track him – and Siwaphiwe – down to the N3 near the Mariannhill Toll Plaza.

The man and his girlfriend, who was also in the car, were arrested.

A police source said the paternity of the baby was being investigated.

According to East Coast Radio, Acting National Police Commissioner, Kgomotso Phahlane expressed his disappointment at people who take advantage of their fellow South Africans' trust and belief in humanity.

"False claims of crime must be condemned, " he said.

Little Siwaphiwe is currently being cared for by the Department of Social Development.

S'bongile, her alledged lover and his girlfriend are expected to appear in court today.

Sources: TimesLive, News24, East Coast Radio

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