The devastated family of a missing baby is expected to hear whether the suspected kidnapper will be granted bail on Tuesday, January 28. Karabo Tau will appear in court for the suspected kidnapping of baby Kwahlelwa Tiwane, who has a twin.
Tau, who is 18 years old, appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Monday, January 27. The State, however, opposed her bail. Tau’s defence team argued that she was in school at the time of the kidnapping, proving that she has an alibi. The school’s security cameras reportedly show that she was captured leaving the premises at 3pm.
A second accused appeared briefly on charges of kidnapping, and his bail application has been postponed until February 3. Ely Kibundu is Tau’s former boyfriend, and is 22 years old. According to reports, the courtroom was packed with supporters for both families, as well as friends and relatives.
It is alleged that Tau had approached the parents of the twins, who reside in Khayelitsha, and promised their mother that she would help them with food vouchers, all while posing as a social worker named Monica.
Tau allegedly lured Asanda Tiwane, who is the mother of the twins, to Parow where she reportedly disappeared with Kwahlelwa.
Siyanga Thugani, who is the father of the twins, is so desperate to get his baby back that he has now consulted with a psychic.
“She [the psychic] said she could see the baby was in a building in Parow, and that he was with two women and one man. She said they were feeding him,” he said to IOL. “The woman also said that they want to take the baby and leave with him because they can see there is a lot of attention on the case.”
Thugani adds that while the postponements are disappointing, the family has absolute faith in the court system.
“It hurts a lot that we are sitting in suspense, not knowing where our baby is. We see the proceedings and everything, and we just want our baby back.”