It is alleged that a woman posing as a social worker abducted a two-month-old baby in Parow, Cape Town on Thursday 16 January 2020.
According to the African News Agency (ANA), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the family violence, child protection, and s.e.xual offences (FCS) unit in the Western Cape have urged the public to help locate two-month-old Kwahlelo Tiwane.
‘Social worker’ abducts baby
A mother of two-month-old twin boys was approached on Wednesday 15 January 2020 by the suspect at their home in Khayelitsha.
“The suspect introduced herself as a social worker,” Western Cape SAPS spokesperson, colonel Andrè Traut said.
Traut said the ‘social worker’ asked for the baby’s birth certificate, his clinic card and went on to make herself copies.
“The suspect returned the next day and accompanied the mother and the children in a taxi to Parow, where she told the mother her office was,” said Traut.
After stopping at the alleged office, it is alleged that the suspect got out of the vehicle with one of the twins and fled with the child.
Investigation into abduction underway
The circumstances surrounding the kidnapping of the child were being investigated. Traut said the assistance of the public would be appreciated so that the mother could be reunited with her child.
Anyone who might have information or know the whereabouts of the baby boy is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Joy Sumsodien of the Bellville FCS on 082-522-1095 or Crime Stop on 086-00-10111.
A child goes missing every five hours
According to missingchildren.org.za, a child goes missing every five hours in South Africa.
Missing Children South Africa’s statistic indicates that 77% of children are found. This still leaves at least 23% of children that are never found, end up being trafficked or are found deceased.
“Children are also the most vulnerable victims of gender-based violence. The reality is shocking and undeniable and we can no longer be innocent bystanders to this fact,” said the organisation.
Child abducted in Pick N Pay in separate incident
A Durban child was snatched by a security guard allegedly employed at Umhlanga Mall. A statement was later issued on Monday 23 December 2019.
The two-year-old child was in a shopping cart accompanied by his grandmother. CCTV footage showed how the incident unfolded. The grandmother was distracted at a counter in the Umhlanga Crescent Pick n Pay store.
The man, identified as a security guard working at the mall, approaches and removes the child from the shopping trolley and walks out of the store, moments later the 57-year-old grandmother realises the child is gone and becomes visibly distressed.
“[The] 57-year-old grandmother was with her grandson making a purchase when an unknown man picked up her grandson, who was sitting in the trolley and walked away,” said KZN SAPS spokesperson brigadier Jay Naicker.
“When the petrified grandmother found that the child was taken, she began running in the mall, frantically screaming out for him. She then spotted the man attired in a security guard’s uniform walking into one of the shops with her grandson.”
Police say that the grandmother spotted the man entering another store at the Crescent and chased after him, catching up to him and yanking the child from his arms.
“She reported the incident to the mall management, who contacted police. Police officers from the Durban North police station arrived at the scene and viewed the CCTV footage at the mall,” said Naicker.
The suspect was immediately identified as a security guard who was on duty at the mall and he was promptly arrested. A case of kidnapping was opened at Durban North police station.
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Source: The South African