Sunday, 12 March 2017

UPDATE: Baby Siwaphiwe Mbambo Police Statement

Media Statement from the Office of the Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lt Gen Khomotso Phahlane

Baby Siwaphiwe Mbambo rescued unharmed during police action

Sunday, 12 March 2017, Pretoria:  The South African Police Service supported by law enforcement officers and scores of concerned community members, spent well over 24 hours searching for baby Siwaphiwe Mbambo who was reportedly snatched during a carjacking on Friday midday.

On Friday, 9 March 2017 the baby's mother reported to the police that her TOYOTA YARIS car had been hijacked with her 1 month old baby on the back seat when two men drove off in her car.  The car was later found abandoned in Montclair with the baby and the nappy bag missing.

The police deployed all the resources necessary to conduct a search for the missing child joined by law enforcement officers, community members and organizations with an interest in finding the missing one month old baby. The search was intensified and  further interviews were conducted with persons of interest. Too many inconsistencies emerged during the interviews especially in terms of the initial reporting to the police of how the incident developed.  Information generated from the interviews became critical in the setting up of a roadblock in Marianhill in the early hours of this morning. A car was stopped by the police wherein a man, a woman and the baby in question was found with the baby unharmed. The baby has been placed under the care of Social Development. Three people including the 34 year old biological mother of the baby,  another woman and a man, have been arrested and are in custody.

Members of the SAPS and all role players involved are commended for ensuring the safe return of Baby Siwaphiwe Mbombo and the arrest of the perpetrators of serious crimes of this nature. The South African Police Service invested a lot in this case, including members working overtime, the use of vehicles and aircraft which impacted negatively on the availability of police resources in the fight against priority crimes. The diversion of policing resources by people with selfish motives cannot be tolerated at all. It is thus critical that in situations like this, those involved are dealt with during the processing of their cases by the courts of our country. A special prosecutor was appointed this morning to work with the SAPS on this case.

"We, as the South African Police Service, are extremely grateful that this innocent baby has been rescued from a dubious situation to say the least.  We thank our members, all other law enforcement agencies and security companies who stepped up to assist, as well as the civic minded members of the public who joined forces to assist in the search.  We are a wonderful, caring society and it is disappointing when people take advantage of their fellow South African's trust and belief in humanity.  False claims of crimes which have an entire nation and beyond in a state of sorrow and anxiety, should be condemned," said Acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane.

Those who have been arrested and are in custody, will appear in court soon.

Enquiries : Brigadier Sally de Beer 082 779 8658

Saturday, 11 March 2017

UPDATE: Baby Siwapiwe has been found. Mother Arrested.





The little girl involved in a massive missing persons hunt, has been found alive and well.

Police and community watch groups have worked tirelessly since the little girl was abducted by hijackers outside a mall in Durban. 

Following tip offs police swooped on a suspicious vehicle at the Marianhill Toll Plaza, and discovered the baby in the car. Arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing.

According to sources, the mother was found in the suspicious vehicle, and in possession of the baby girl. The mother and her boyfriend have been arrested. The baby's father, husband to the mother, has pleaded for his child's life. My thoughts are with him at this distressing time.

Thank you to H DeKlerk for Intel. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

URGENT: Stolen Car with One Month Old Baby Inside.

UPDATE: BABY SIWAPIWE HAS BEEN FOUND! Details here. 

UPDATE: THE BABY IS STILL MISSING, THE CAR WAS FOUND IN MONTCLAIRE.

Thank you Harry DeKlerk for the following update:

Detectives are investigating the possibility that a missing baby was the intended target of a hijacking in Durban on Friday.

The vehicle was tracked down and found in Montclair several hours after it was taken. Two independent sources confirmed that several items not usually removed in a typical car theft had been taken – the baby’s car seat‚ the pram and the infant’s bag.

The baby’s mother‚ along with her eight-year-old son‚ had been forced out of the car at gunpoint at a Greyville shopping centre shortly before noon.

Marshall Security spokesperson Kyle Van Reenen said the car was recovered in Moodie Crescent in Montclair “… there is no sign of the baby. Other stuff relating to the child was also removed.

“At this point it may be a domestic issue and the police are investigating this‚” he added.

An anonymous caller to East Coast Radio’s drive show offered a R10 000 reward for information leading to the safe return of the child‚ with presenter Phat Joe promising to contribute another R10 000.

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MISSING BABY

As confirmed by ECR now, car was found in Montclair but the baby has NOT been found.  An anonymous caller has put up a R10 000 reward for the safe return of the baby and Phat Joe has added another R10 000.  NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Please keep spreading the word so that this infant and mother can be re-united.

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Thank you to Harry DeKlerk for the update below.

Search For Kidnapped Child: Durban - KwaZulu Natal

Reaction Unit South Africa is requesting assistance from the public to locate a one month old baby that was taken during a hijacking in Durban - KZN a short while ago.

Armed suspects hijacked a Toyota Yaris from a shopping centre in Durban and fled with the child in the vehicle. The vehicle has been recovered abandoned in Montclair - Durban however the child has not been found. The RUSA Robinson R44 helicopter has taken off from Verulam to assist in the search.

Please share this post and if anyone can assist in locating the child contact Reaction Unit South Africa on 086 1234 333.

The missing baby

The car was found empty in Montclaire

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Original post:



URGENT: 
A car has been hijacked at City View Shopping (Game City) in Matthews Meyiwa Road (Stamford Hill) in Durban Central, South Africa.

We understand there's an infant/baby inside (apparently one month old.) 

Description - White Toyota Yaris 
Registration Number - : ND576 648 
If you see this car, please phone the Metro police on +27 (031)
 367 0048


Thursday, 9 March 2017

ARTS: Narara Music Festival Warm Up Party at The Rhythm Hut





You may have heard that Narara Music Festival for 2017 is back on the Coast in 2017! Yes! The iconic 80s rock festival has been revived to something fresh and new! 

The Rhythm Hut is proud to be partnering with Narara Music Festival for the official warm up party this Saturday night March 11th, at The Rhythm Hut (135 Faunce Street, Gosford, near the Gosford Train Station) and we would like to invite you to be our special guest.

All details for the event can be found HERE. Please come along from 7pm Saturday!

Hope to see you there!