- A family is lucky to have a happy ending to a kidnapping ordeal after their six-week old baby was taken from them
- A 53-year-old woman appeared in the Brits Magistrates' Court on Wednesday to face charges over the ordeal
- Thankfully, the baby was reunited with the relieved parents unharmed by the terrifying experience
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Every parent's worst nightmare is to have their child taken from them and thankfully this family's story has a happy ending.
The Office of the District Commissioner in Bojanala, North West, has released a statement after a six-week-old baby was kidnapped during a trip to a local grocery store:
"The baby was allegedly kidnapped from her mother, Suzan Kutumela (19) on Monday, 20 July 2020. That was after Kutumela allegedly left the baby with an unknown woman who was also carrying a baby, to buy food at Shoprite Centre in Murray Avenue, Brits. However, the suspect disappeared with both babies. The matter was then reported to the police."
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The distraught parents would later receive an anonymous tip-off which led to the arrest of a 53-year-old woman:
"The suspect was apprehended after the father received an anonymous call regarding the whereabouts of baby Ofentse Kutumela. He immediately alerted the police who acted swiftly and made a follow-up on the information. On arrival at a residential place in Siyahlala section, Oukasie outside Brits, the police found the baby, then called the parents for identification. The baby was positively identified and reunited with the parents unharmed."
The suspect appeared before the Brits Magistrates' Court on Wednesday to face charges of kidnapping. Major General Modisagaarekwe Mosimanegape thanked members of the community for providing the information that helped swiftly recover the child.
Special emphasis was placed on the importance of cooperation between the police and community members to create a safe environment for children.
The District Commissioner highlighted that it takes a village to raise a child with safety a 'collective responsibility'.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC's national executive committee has issued an apology after lockdown regulations were breached during Andrew Mlangeni's funeral.
The party expressed their regret over the incident that marred the late struggle veteran's ceremony with controversy. ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe has responded to the incident, blaming the crowd for gathering outside of the 95-year-old's Soweto home.
Mabe explained that only a handful of ANC members had been deployed to the event and that the rest of the attendants had gathered of their own accord:
"The ANC regrets and apologises for the incident on 28 July when, during the arrival of the cortège at the home, difficulties arose with maintaining social distance and keeping the numbers down."
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