BRITS: A 53-year-old woman is expected to appear before the Brits Magistrates’ Court today, 5 August 2020, for the alleged kidnapping of a six-weeks-old baby.
The suspect’s court appearance stems from her apprehension by the Brits Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit at about 13:30 on Tuesday, 4 August 2020. 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 District Commissioner of Bojanala Sub-district 1, Major General Modisagaarekwe Mosimanegape thanked members of the community for sharing valuable information which yielded positive results. He emphasised the importance of cooperation between the police and the community in a bid to create a safe and environment for children. The District Commissioner said in conclusion that the safety of children is a collective responsibility as it takes a village to raise a child.
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.
Source: South African Police Service