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Suspects, Adalia Ncebeshe (31) and Hendrik Kokoene (49) accused of stealing a 4 month baby boy appeared in the Potchefstroom Magistrate’s Court and set to remain in custody until their next court appearance on 18 November 2020 for a formal bail application.
Their arrest came after Ncebeshe allegedly approached the 20 years old mother on 3 November with her baby at a grocery store in Ventersdorp where she informed her that she is from South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and offered to help the victim to obtain a SASSA grant for her baby.
A day later they then met again to fetch the victims so as to process the SASSA registration. They then boarded a taxi and drove from Ventersdorp to Potchefstroom.
North West Communications Officer Colonel Adele Myburgh says that when they arrived in Potchefstroom at the taxi rank, all three of them got into a Red Toyota Tazz that was waiting for them, driven by the other suspect, Kokoene.
“They drove around in Potchefstroom and stopped at a Café, close to Potchefstroom Hospital and asked the mother if she wanted to buy something to eat.”
“The mother left her baby in the vehicle and went inside the shop, when she exited the shop, the Red Toyota Tazz and the occupants, including her four month old baby were gone.”
She added that the suspects were arrested by the Potchefstroom Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) and on Thursday, 5 November 2020, during the evening (only one day after the alleged kidnapping) after the mother laid a compliant.
Kokoane was arrested in Ikageng outside Potchefstroom, whilst 31-year-old Adalia Ncebeshe was found with the baby in Rustenburg.
The baby boy was handed back to his mother flowing the arrest of the suspects.