A young mother told the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, how her baby was snatched from her back while she was walking down a street in Brakpan on her way to church.
She described how she was accosted by men who tried to force her and the baby into a car. She resisted and fell. She described how the baby-snatcher grabbed the child and passed her to a woman waiting next to a car.
“They sped off in a car with my baby. I screamed my baby, my baby; they stole my baby’. I thought I would never see her again,” she said.
The mother cannot be named to protect the child.
The woman was testifying in the trial of Kingsley Nnadi, 33, and Thapelo Mthapo, who are facing an array of charges following the alleged baby-snatching in January 2014.
About a month later she got a call from the police, who said they had found her baby.
“She was a big baby, but she had lost weight by then. I had breast-fed her before, but she no longer wanted my breast,” the woman said.
Nnadi’s girlfriend, Jabulile Masombuka, 23, has pleaded guilty to snatching the baby and later hiding 10 packs of drugs in the child’s nappy.
She received an effective sentence of 10 years and agreed to testify against her boyfriend and his friend, who pleaded not guilty.
Masombuka has told Judge Eben Jordaan that she used to work as a drug runner for her boyfriend because she needed money.
Masombuka said her boyfriend told her they had to steal a baby and he arranged for the baby to be snatched, involving two of his friends.
By chance the police found the snatched baby in the couple’s flat about a month later when they were doing a drugs raid.
With the police on their doorstep Masombuka said she tried to stuff the drugs into the baby’s nappy but it was too late – the police saw the packets protruding from the nappy.
It was then that the police discovered that the baby was the missing child.
The trial continues.
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