Hunt is on for woman linked to stolen baby

Durban - A search is underway for a woman from Kilbachan in KwaZulu-Natal who is allegedly linked to the kidnapping of a 13-day-old baby boy, police said on Friday.

The baby, Siyamthanda, was last seen with Nothando Nxumalo, 25, at a Newcastle taxi rank on December 30 around 11am, Captain Thulani Zwane said.

The baby's mother, Zanele Nkosi, had previously met Nxumalo in Gauteng and had a conversation with her at the taxi rank, Zwane said.

Nxumalo allegedly asked the baby's mother to buy some chips for her from a nearby shop. Nkosi asked Nxumalo to watch the baby while she went to the shop.

“When the mother returned, Nothando (Nxumalo) was nowhere to be found,” Zwane said.

“She gave her the baby because she trusted her.”

A case of kidnapping has been opened.

Siyamthanda was covered in a blue and white blanket which had his name written on it. Nxumalo was last seen wearing a khaki dress and had a curly weave. - Sapa