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A father was almost denied an opportunity to be part his newborn baby’s life after his baby mother lied about daughter’s whereabouts two days after being born.
A 20 years old mother, Yamkela Nkotha gave birth on 14 October 2020 at her boyfriend’s home in Cala and went to hospital after the birth for the baby to receive medical checkup.
Within just two days of giving birth, she then called her baby father and told him that the baby was dead and had already been buried her but failed to show him the gravesite.
The father then opened the case of a missing child and Nkotha was arrested 8 days later.
NPA’s Regional Spokesperson in Mthatha Luxolo Tyali says preliminary investigations showed that Nkotha sold the newborn baby to a Zimbabwean sex worker for an unknown amount of money.
The sex worker now known as Brenda Simoko, was then arrested in Kempston Park Gauteng over the weekend by the Directorate For Priority Crimes Investigation (the Hawks) Trafficking In Persons investigator, Captain Lulama Jack.
“Both suspects appeared briefly in the Cala Magistrates’ Court on a charge of trafficking in persons. Simoko is also facing a separate charge of being in the country illegally” said Tyali.
The missing infant was allegedly rescued from a room which Simoko used for her prostitution activities.
During their brief appearance, the state asked for the case to be postponed for the profiling of the accused persons.
The case was postponed to 02 November for formal bail application.