Baby Siwaphiwe’s mother and her lover have been granted R1 000 bail in the Durban Magistrate’s Court‚ where they are accused of staging Siwaphiwe’s kidnapping.
Both have been charged with defeating the ends of justice and fraud — the latter charge relating to how they allegedly misled police into performing a massive search for the one-month-old last week.
Speaking through a legal representative‚ the boyfriend — who claims to be Siwaphiwe’s real father — said he would plead not guilty to the charges. Mbambo’s legal team gave no indication of how she intended to plead.
The two were in the dock of the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. They initially also faced kidnapping charges‚ but those have fallen away.
The mother had told police that she was hijacked near the City View shopping centre on Friday‚ leading to an intensive search that ended after her boyfriend was caught with the child while driving towards Durban on the N3 in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police are now saying that the hijacking was completely staged.
The paternity of the baby — which was requested by the boyfriend’s legal team amid claims that he was the father‚ and not the mother’s husband — would now be handled by the Family Court‚ the packed courtroom was told on Wednesday.
The State did not oppose bail.
The two have no previous convictions or other pending cases against them.