Parents’ hopes for missing infant fade

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Durban - Almost three weeks have passed and hope of finding one-month-old baby Olwethu Madlala is slowly fading.

His father, Bonginkosi Mphemba, and mother, Nonhlanhla Madlala, told the Daily News they were losing hope of finding their precious son as the hours ticked by.

“We are desperate for any news of him. We just want him to come home. Nothing will ever be the same if he is not returned to us,” his emotional mother said.

Olwethu was snatched by a woman who offered to help Madlala at the Home Affairs offices while she was trying to fill in forms to register her son’s birth on April 15.

Safe City CCTV footage proved unhelpful in attempting to identify the woman.

SAPS spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, confirmed that police had followed up on all information, but to no avail.

“Police are still searching,” he said.

Olwethu’s father said their family had even gone to traditional healers with the hope that they could assist in finding their baby, but nothing had come of it.

The woman suspected of abducting Olwethu is described as a black female in her late twenties with a slender build, medium complexion and short black hair. She had a bruise to her left eye and was wearing a leather jacket, black skinny jeans and boots at the time of the abduction.

Police have appealed to anyone who can assist to urgently contact the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Yolynn Denness, at 0333 879 510 or 079 500 0373 or Olwethu’s father, Bonginkosi Mphemba, at 079 405 6518 or Madlala at 076 082 0125.

Pietermaritzburg Bureau

Daily News

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