Mtubatuba woman wants justice following false kidnap accusation

Mtubatuba woman wants justice following false kidnap accusation

A woman who was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a six-day-old infant in Mtubatuba in Mfekayi, KwaZulu-Natal, wants justice.

Thulisile Mfekayi also wants the child’s family to apologise for the pain and humiliation they have caused her.

She is accusing the child’s father of previously threating to burn her house down.

The boy, Nhlakanipho Gumede, is now nine years old and was found in Daveyton’s Emaphupheni section, in Johannesburg last year.

Mfekayi says Gumede’s parents must apologise to the Chief and the Mkhwanazi dynasty for their actions.

“This issue traumatised me and now that the child has been found – they haven’t even said anything to me. They hunted me down and even tried hacking me despite my insistence that I had nothing to do with their child’s disappearance. They even involved the police. I never ran away because I knew I was innocent,” she says.

The child’s mother, Fikelephi Mpotshane, says they were desperate to find the child that they even confused things.

She says a community member who was assisting them with the search for their child had fingered Mfekayi.

However, when she did tell the police that Mfekayi was not the culprit.

She says Mfekayi is not the only one who was suspected of the kidnap.

Mpotshane says once the court case for the woman who is now in custody for the boy’s kidnap is finalised – her family will sit down and decide on how to handle the matter.

Law expert, Professor Xolani Zikhali, is advising Mfekayi to get a lawyer and sue the state for wrongful arrest.

KwaMhlabuyalingana chief in hot water for helping woman escape angry locals

KwaMhlabuyalingana chief in hot water for helping woman escape angry locals

A woman from KwaMhlabuyalingana in ZamaZama in Biyela, KwaZulu-Natal, is still in hiding after fleeing from community members baying for her blood.

The ZamaZama residents hopped mad after learning that the woman, who won’t be named to protect her identity, had sent two boys to bathe at a grave that belongs to the Khumalo family.

Local chief Thula Mthombeni saved her from the community’s anger.

Mthombeni tipped the woman and asked her not to attend a planned community meeting.

He roped in police officials from Manguzi and Skhemelele who took the woman to a safe place. 

The chief has told Local Voices that he did this to avoid bloodshed as the community was raging with anger and they wanted to burn the woman’s home.

The Khumalo family also wants eight cows from the woman for her actions.

The community has now hauled chief Mthombeni to the traditional court, where he has been charged for aiding the woman to escape justice.

No sentencing has yet been made in the matter.

Mthombeni says the media spotlight on this issue has placed him at loggerheads with king Mabhudu Tembe.