'Woman took him to prove she can bear children'

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

A stolen three-month-old baby boy was reunited with his mother after two days, and his kidnapper arrested on Monday afternoon.

The baby, Siyanda Ndwandwe, went missing from his home in Ndundulu reserve, near Melmoth, on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

His mother, Zonke Dumisa, 20, discovered on Saturday morning that her son was missing.

Two women had arrived at Dumisa's homestead the previous day and asked for a place to sleep, claiming they had no transport to return to their homes in the Mkhandwini area.

Out of generosity, Dumisa allowed them to sleep over.

Police spokesman Superintendent Jay Naicker said: "She agreed because one of the women came to the homestead the previous Wednesday, made the same request and stayed over, leaving the following day.

"She [the mother] said she trusted her and her companion and agreed to accommodate them in her room."

Naicker said that when Dumisa discovered her son was missing, she woke up other family members and started searching, but could not find the child or the visitors.

An intensive search was launched and a breakthrough was made when police arrested Thabisile Vilakazi with the baby.

She told the police that she desperately needed the baby, Naicker said.

"She apparently told her relatives that she had a baby and she stole the child to prove to them that she can bear children," he said.

Vilakazi appeared in the Melmoth magistrate's court yesterday.

This is the second incident in the area in the past two weeks, after a day-old baby was stolen at KwaHlabisa by a woman who had volunteered to look after her while her mother went inside ashop.

The child was found in Swaziland and was reunited with her mother.