Durban: A 34-year-old woman, claiming that her baby girl had been kidnapped, has been arrested for making up a false story about the kidnapping. A police search party with more than 100 officers, found one-month-old Siwaphiwe Mbambo after two days. She was inside a car at Mariannhill Toll Plaza, about 22 miles from where she went missing.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the mother alleged that she was breastfeeding her baby in her car, when two men armed with guns took the baby away in a white Toyota Yaris. After the police was informed, they set up a roadblock at the toll and found the baby in a car. The car was fitted with a satellite tracking device which was monitored and the baby was found.
The car was being driven by the mother’s boyfriend and another woman, believed to be another girlfriend of the man. It turned out that there was a custodial dispute over Siwaphiwe.
The mother, her boyfriend and the other woman were all arrested over the temporary disappearance of the child. The boyfriend claimed that he was the actual father of the child, which was refuted by the baby’s biological father. The Durban Magistrates' court, which adjourned the case given that the mother’s lawyer was absent, ordered that Siwaphiwe's DNA be tested to determine the real father.