Two of the women allegedly visited Tanya Sewpersad, the child’s mother, in the Marianhill area of Pinetown in October last year posing as social workers and said they had found a job for her, Highway Mail reported.
“They told her to go with them to Pinetown, and she agreed, taking along her baby boy, who was six months [old] at the time,” police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said.
When they arrived in Pinetown, the women allegedly gave Sewpersad R300 cash to buy food for the baby.
“She left the baby with the two women, and when she returned, the women and the baby were nowhere to be found,” Zwane added.
The case was then reported to police, whose investigations led them to a flat in Durban CBD, where the baby was found with his “new mother”.
“It is alleged that the ‘new mother’ bought a baby for R5 000 from the so-called social workers, as she had no baby of her own,” Zwane said.
The two bogus social workers, along with the new mother and her domestic worker, were arrested on Tuesday by the Pinetown Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.
In January, a Durban man appeared in court for allegedly kidnapping a three-month-old baby girl and selling her.
The man reportedly kidnapped the child from her mother’s house in Msinsini, near Hibberdene, in KwaZulu-Natal earlier that month.
He allegedly later sold the child to an unidentified woman for R1 000.
– Caxton News Service