Body of KZN girl, 6, 'snatched from mom's car' found in bushes

By IOL Reporter Time of article published Jun 2, 2020

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Durban - Rescue teams have recovered the body of a 6-year-old girl who was reported as kidnapped in Glendale on Sunday night.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said IPSS Medical Rescue’s Search and Rescue division assisted SAPS K9 Search & Rescue in the search of the girl.

Herbst said IPSS Medical Rescue’s Search and Rescue division assisted SAPS K9 Search & Rescue went to search the area after information was received by Umhlali SAPS detectives.

"With the help of SAPS K9 Search & Rescue dogs, the body of the 6-year-old was located. We commend the dedicated officers and detectives who persevered for the results that were required. We would also like to thank the farming community and residents of Glendale that assisted in the search," Herbst said. 

It is alleged Alexia Nyamadzawo was snatched near Shakaskraal, north of Durban, from the back seat of her mother’s car. A picture of the Umhlali Preparatory School Grade 1 pupil was shared on social media as a frantic search for her continued.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said Umhlali SAPS were investigating a case of kidnapping at the time of the girl's disappearance.

Meanwhile, police have slammed social media reports claiming the girl's mother was involved in the kidnapping. 

On Tuesday, reports surfaced on social media alleging the mother played a part in the incident and was "covering it up by claiming a kidnap had taken place".

"Unfortunately, we cannot divulge any further information as our investigations are at a sensitive stage. We are also concerned with reports on social media that have the potential to jeopardise our investigations. 

"We condemn those that hinder police work by posting sensitive information concerning the investigation on social media," SAPS spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker said. 

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