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'Baby snatcher' is re-arrested

By unknown | Apr 01, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

A Soweto woman who skipped bail after being arrested for allegedly stealing a two-week-old baby from its teenage mother in 2007 has been re-arrested.

Tumi Gumbi, of Dlamini, was re-arrested at Zuurbekom on the West Rand on Monday. She had been released on R2000 bail in October 2007.

She failed to attend court last year and a warrant for her arrest was issued.

She is alleged to have lured the mother of baby Kgotsofatso, Pretty Mahlaela, 17, of Winnie Mandela informal settlement in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, to the Johannesburg city centre under the pretext she was going to put her in touch with television personality Zola 7. She allegedly insisted that Mahlaela bring baby Kgotsofatso along.

They met at the Carlton Centre. Gumbi allegedly snatched the baby from Mahlaela and disappeared.

She was arrested after a four-day frantic search of her home in Dlamini by the police.

At the time, police said they had footage from CCTV cameras at the Carlton Centre where the baby was snatched.

Sowetan published the story of baby Kgotsofatso two years ago.

Gumbi appeared in the Johannesburg magistrate's court yesterday.

Her case was postponed to July 27 for trial.


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