Mother arrested for abandoning toddlers
South Coast police officers, Detective Sergeant Nonkululeko Mgqibisa of the Umzinto Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit (FCS) and Detective Constable Dillon Khamisa of the Scottburgh SAPS Detective Service, arrested the 24-year-old mother of two children who were allegedly left abandoned in Malangeni on Friday, 3 August.
She appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 8 August on charges of child abandonment. Ugu Cluster communications officer, Captain Vincent Pandarum, said, “It is alleged that on Friday night at approximately 9:30pm, members of the Scottburgh SAPS responded to a report of two children who were abandoned by their mother who had gone away to Umlazi in Durban. The mother, who lives in Gumede Area, Sezela, had gone over to Malangeni to the house of the man she claims is the father of the one month old baby-girl and the three-year-old girl child. As he was not home, she left the children with his sister who refused to look after them as she could not feed nor clothe them. The mother abandoned them regardless and went away to Durban.”
“Police arranged for the toddler to be cared for at a place of safety whilst the baby was taken to the GJ Crookes Hospital in Scottburgh where she is being fed a milk formula and cared for. Investigations led detectives to Umzinto where the mother of the children was arrested. She has been detained pending her appearance in court,” said Cpt Pandarum.