A pupil from Claremont High School, Karabo Tau, confessed that she took two-month-old Kwahlelwa Tiwane, but refuses to reveal the baby’s location according to IOL.
The matric learner appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court yesterday, January 23, on a charge of kidnapping.
Investigating officer, Solomzi Nguda, told the court that “the accused in her own writing wrote that she took the child because she was threatened. The (previous) investigating officer gave me the name of the person who threatened the accused,” he said and added that said person was someone in Tau’s “immediate circle.”
Tau was not granted bail, and Nguda said he was glad about the fact because he feared for her safety, as the community was angry. He also mentioned that if Tau were granted bail, it might have a direct negative impact on their investigation of the case. “We are also dealing with a group of people and if she is out, that will jeopardise the case and I have to get that child,” he added.
She allegedly posed as a social worker and lured Asanda Tiwane, mother of the stolen baby Kwahlelwa, to Parow with promises of financial assistance. Tau then disappeared with Kwahlelwa.
“We are trying to be positive, but the hope that he will be found is getting less by the day,” said Siyanda Thugani, the father of the two-month-old.
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