A young couple were arrested in Polokwane over the weekend after they stole a six week old baby from a young unsuspecting mother in that area. According to the mother (24), she was at a local supermarket with her baby when she was befriended by a strange woman who accompanied her through the aisles.

At one point the stranger offered to hold the woman’s baby so that she could have her lunch. After lunch the mother and the stranger walked to another supermarket – the stranger still carrying the baby. At some point during the shopping expedition the stranger disappeared along with the infant.

The frantic mother then alerted the police and a task team was set up led by the Deputy Provincial Commissioner responsible for the Crime Detection, Major General Samuel Manala. Following intensive investigation and a well planned sting operation in the area, the suspects were caught.

The baby was found in their possession unharmed. The suspect, a 17-year old woman was aided by her 23-year old boyfriend and they both appeared in the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court this week. The woman was denied bail and her case postponed until the 23rd of April. The case against the boyfriend was dropped pending further investigations.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended this Team of SAPS members who worked tirelessly around the clock to ensure that these suspects are brought to book and for safely recovering the baby.


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