Update: Baby Kalelwa’s Kidnapper in for Questioning

The woman who fronted as a social worker and kidnapped 2-month-old Kalelwa Tiwane in Parow on 16 January, has allegedly been apprehended by Police and has been sent for questioning.

According to IOL, the woman, who allegedly identified herself to the family as “Monica”, was apprehended on Sunday. During questioning, she confessed to the kidnapping and claimed that she had sold Kalelwa to foreign nationals.

IOL reports that a police informant said the woman appeared in Bellville Magistrates Court on Monday. She claimed that her family was also involved and that she was just “doing the dirty work”. The informant also said that police have obtained photos and names of the individuals who supposedly bought baby Kalelwa. However, according to the Daily Voice, “police could not confirm this or divulge further information on the matter…The child, who has a twin brother, is still missing.”

According to a statement released by the SAPS, the mother of the twins, Asanda Tiwane (29), was approached by the suspect on 15 January. The woman came to their residence in Khayelitsha and introduced herself as a social worker. According to IOL, the woman promised to help the family receive food hampers and an R1000 voucher.

IOL reported that the woman accompanied Asanda and the twins to Parow, where her supposed office was. She told Asanda to buy food nearby, while she went to her office with one of the twins. After some time, Asanda started to worry and called but got no answer. The suspect later sent an SMS, stating that she would keep the baby until the family’s situation improved.

Joshua Chigome, spokesperson for the Minister of Social Development said: “We are working with SAPS to provide support to the family involved in the matter. A full report will be sent once the investigation around the matter has been concluded,”. The family is also being provided with psycho-social support, by the Department of Social Development.

According to IOL, a bail application hearing is scheduled at the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Any information can be forwarded to Detective Joy Sumsodien of the Bellville FCS on 0825221095, Crime Stop on 0860010111, or SMS Crimeline at 32211