WATCH: Baby Siwaphiwe's mom appears in court

13 March 2017

The mother of one-month-old Siwaphiwe Mbambo covered her face with a scarf as she appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court earlier today.

East Coast Radio reported there wasn't an empty seat in the house as Sibongile Mbambo and Phumlani Mbokazi made their brief appearance, after the massive public interest the bizarre saga garnered this weekend. Baby Siwaphiwe had been missing for 48 hours, after her mother Sibongile was supposedly hijacked at gunpoint at a shopping centre in Greyville, Durban on Friday.

Sibongile 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.
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 Sibongile was arrested.

According to earlier media reports, police were able to track down the infant after Sibongile allegedly admitted to having a lover.

READ MORE: ‘Secret love affair’ at the heart of baby Siwaphiwe case

TimesLive reported that once Sibongile 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.

Now, the mother and the man believed to be her lover face charges relating to the hijacking and kidnapping.

The case was postponed to Wednesday as DNA samples need to be taken and the State is still compiling a full charge sheet, eNCA reports.

Sources: TimesLive, eNCA, ECR

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