Police in Durban said a 30-year-old woman was due to appear in the Durban Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to face a charge of child theft.
SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said the woman was arrested on Monday in the KwaNyuswa area, Hillcrest, near Durban.
“On August 13, 2016, at about 10pm, the victim was in one of the hospitals in Durban after giving birth to her baby boy. She was approached by the suspect who offered to assist her as the victim’s family did not want to come and fetch her from hospital,” he said.
Zwane said the victim and the 30-year-old woman left the hospital and proceeded to Durban, where she offered the victim food.
“Later the suspect allegedly gave money to the victim to go and buy airtime while the suspect was waiting with her baby boy at a taxi rank. When the victim returned back to them, she noticed that both her baby and the suspect were missing,” Zwane said.
A case of child stealing was opened at Durban Central Police Station for further investigation.
The suspect was traced and the child was found alive.
The child was returned to his mother after he was taken for medical checkups.
KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni praised Durban Central police officers for working tirelessly in tracing and arresting the suspect.
“I am also happy that the child was found alive, as in some cases, missing children are found dead. The child has been reunited with his mother in a good, healthy condition,” she said.