Crime & courts

Kidnapped child returns from SA

Police over the weekend managed to locate and bring back into the country from South Africa, a one-year-old baby boy who was kidnapped last December by a woman from Ushewokunze suburb in Harare.


The suspect who has been identified as Fortunate Tanyanyiwa has since gone into hiding in South Africa and police, working with Interpol are still looking for her.


Detectives from CID Homicide travelled to Polokwane, South Africa last Wednesday with the boy’s mother, Yvonne Machingo (21) and reunited the two following investigations.

Machingo, who also resides in Ushewokunze, approached Tanyanyiwa, alias Mai Tatenda, sometime in December last year saying she wanted to be led to a traditional healer who could attend to her then six-month-old baby who was not feeling well.


It is alleged that on December 12, 2020, the two went to Block 11, Shawasha Flats in Mbare where a traditional healer could assist Machingo.


Machingo was ordered to stay outside while Tanyanyiwa went with the child inside the healer’s house, but she never returned. After a few hours, Machingo tried to locate her, but to no avail.

She even tried calling, but her phone was switched off and a report was made to the police. Police failed to locate Tanyanyiwa.


National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the development saying the matter was handled by CID Homicide.


“The detectives later got information that she (Tanyanyiwa) was living with a certain man who she alleged was her husband at a farm in Louis Tritchard, South Africa and detectives approached officers from Interpol in the neighbouring country in April this year.



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