Durban police are looking for a woman who reportedly stole a six-day-old infant boy in exchange for money to buy clothes and supplies for his jobless mother. According to Capt Nqobile Gwala, the mother filed a report of abduction after the lady reportedly fled with her infant on Monday afternoon.
She said to authorities that she encountered the lady while waiting for a bus near King Edward hospital. "As she waited for a bus, an unknown lady approached her and befriended her. "The lady, who is reported to be in her thirties, volunteered to purchase food for the youngster after learning of the mother's unemployment. The complainant and the lady took a cab to Durban's Dr Pixley Kaseme Street, where the woman purchased newborn clothing."
According to Gwala, the lady offered the mother cash to purchase the things. "The lady advised the baby's mother to leave the infant with her while she went shopping for the necessary things. "The complainant left her infant in the care of the lady standing outside the business. After a few moments, the child's mother returned from the store to find the lady had vanished with the newborn." Anyone with information that might help police in Durban central is asked to call Sgt Zulu on 082 750 8947/031 325 4079 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
South Africans are aware of the new mode of crime in this country. Kidnapping of children has become a norm in this country, leaving parents in a devastated state. It is traumatizing, to see how a mother can lose her child. The police needs to speed up their investigations and arrest the woman behind this crime. Communities need to work together with the SAPS and make certain that such crimes never continue in this country. Justice needs to be served.
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