Baby Siwaphiwe’s mother arrested

She was found in Marianhill. PHOTO: Emergency Control SA

POLICE have confirmed one of the three people arrested for the kidnapping of baby Simphiwe Mbambo, was her mother. The one month old who had been missing for over 30 hours was found unharmed at the Marianhill Toll Plaza earlier this morning. The infant had been missing for more than a day after her mother was hijacked in Greyville on Friday.

The motive for the crime is unknown at this stage.The baby girl has been placed under the care of Social Development.

“Three people including the 34 year old biological mother of the baby, another woman and a man, have been arrested and are in custody.A special prosecutor was appointed this morning to work with the SAPS on this case. We, as the South African Police Service, are extremely grateful that this innocent baby has been rescued from a dubious situation to say the least. The diversion of policing resources by people with selfish motives cannot be tolerated at all.

“We thank our members, all other law enforcement agencies and security companies who stepped up to assist, as well as the civic minded members of the public who joined forces to assist in the search. False claims of crimes which have an entire nation and beyond in a state of sorrow and anxiety, should be condemned,” said Acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane.

The three people who were arrested will appear in court later this week.

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