Jozini child kidnapper to know fate on Wednesday

Jozini child kidnapper to know fate on Wednesday

The woman who kidnapped a six-day-old infant almost a decade ago will know whether she will spend time in jail on Wednesday.

Khanyisile Mkhwanazi-Ngubane pleaded guilty to abducting the child after she was arrested in Daveyton, in Ekurhuleni, last year.

Nhlakanipho’s mother, Fikelephi Mpontshane from Phaweni in Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal, has told the Maputaland Community Radio News team that she is not happy with how things are penning out.

Mpontshane says an investigator told her to go to court on Wednesday, where the kidnapper will be given a suspended sentence.

“I am not happy with that. I want her to be jailed for nine years just as she had done to me or more than that,” she says.

Mkhwanazi-Ngubane pretended to be a social worker when she committed the crime.

She confessed her crime to a social worker, who then contacted the Jozini police.

Jozini kidnap victim’s mother hopes for harsher sentence

Jozini kidnap victim’s mother hopes for harsher sentence

The Ingwavuma Magistrate’s Court in KwaZulu-Natal has postponed the child abduction case against Khanyisile Ngubane to next week Tuesday.

Ngubane is accused of kidnapping a 6-day-old infant from Phaweni in 2011, who was found recently in Johannesburg. 

The boy’s mother, Fikelephi Mpontshane, wants Ngubane to spend the rest of her life in jail, saying her heart breaks every time she sees her.

Mpontshane warns that she will take the law into her own hands should she be acquitted.

She says Ngubane robbed her of a chance to nurture her infant son.

Mpontshane alleges that she is not Ngubane’s only victim and fears she might come back for her son, Nhlakanipho.

Nhlakanipho, now nine, was found in 2020 in Daveyton’s Emaphupheni Section in Ekurhuleni after Ngubane confessed to the crime to a social worker.

He had been living with Ngubane’s former boyfriend, Joseph Ndala, at the time.

Police in Jozini have admitted that the case was not easy to crack.

Spokesperson, Captain Senzo Gumede, has urged community members to work closely with the police to fight crime.