A woman from Gqeberha, accused of kidnapping a five-day-old baby last year, appeared in court on Thursday.
Amahle Sigam, a twenty-year-old woman, is facing charges of kidnapping after allegedly taking the child in 2022.
According to reports, Sigam went to Dora Nginza Hospital in November, shortly after the baby was born, pretending to be sent by the baby’s family to assist the mother, Noncedo Jali.
On November 27, Sigam and Jali went to Kenako Mall to buy some items for the baby, but Sigam allegedly evaded Jali in the busy mall and left with the baby.
The incident was reported to the police, and after seven months, the baby was found alive, and Sigam was arrested.
During her court appearance, Sigam wore a blue gown and a brown beanie, which was forcefully taken off her head by another accused person in a separate case.
The court orderly intervened and confiscated the beanie. Sigam appeared to be limping when she left the dock and attempted to communicate with her angry mother in the public gallery, but they were silenced as the court was still in session.
The case was adjourned until July 6 for further investigation. Sigam’s mother declined to speak to the media, and another family member stated that they were not ready to comment yet.
The baby will remain in the care of social workers until the investigation is completed, and additional charges may be added as the investigation progresses, according to police spokesperson Captain André Beetge.