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18 November 2020

Rustenburg – Adalia Ncebeshe (31) and Hendrik Kokoene (49) appeared before the Potchefstroom Magistrates’ Court for kidnapping a four-month-old boy on Monday 9 November.

The two suspects will remain in custody until their next court appearance on 18 November for a formal bail application.
A 20-year-old woman with her baby, allegedly met Ncebeshe at a grocery store in Ventersdorp on 3 November. Ncebeshe claimed that she was from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and offered to help the mother to obtain a SASSA grant for her baby.


The next day, Ncebeshe allegedly went to the 20-year-old victim’s house to fetch the mother and the baby. Together they boarded a taxi in Ventersdorp, travelling to Potchefstroom. When they arrived at the Potchefstroom taxi rank, they were met by the second suspect, Kokoene who was driving a red Toyota Tazz. He drove them to a café, close to the Potchefstroom Hospital and encouraged the mother to buy something to eat. The mother left her baby in the vehicle and went inside the shop. When she came out of the shop, the vehicle and the occupants, including her four-month-old baby was gone.


The Potchefstroom Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) investigated the case and found Kokoene in Ikageng, outside Potchefstroom on the evening of 5 November, whilst Ncebeshe and the baby were found in Rustenburg. The suspects were arrested, and the baby boy was returned to his mother, unharmed.


The provincial commissioner for the North West, lieutenant general Sello Kwena congratulated the investigation team for a job well done. “The police will continue to work hard to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable, women and children and to bring the perpetrators to book,” he added.

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