#KwaZuluNatal: A 53-year-old Indian woman was detained by members of Reaction Unit South Africa after she attempted to sell a three (3) year old child for R2000 in cash.
The woman (attired in pink top in pictures below) walked into Lee’s Electronics store in Moss Street, Verulam & offered the child to two female staff at the counter.
The woman explained to them that the child was her grandson & that she needed R2000. During the conversation, the employees of Lee’s Electronics contacted the owner of the business who also spoke to the 53-year-old woman.
The woman offered to hand the child over with the birth certificate & a letter to state that she would not claim the child back if she was given the money in cash.
Reaction Unit South Africa intervenes
Owner of Lee’s Electronics, Mr. Rickesh Roopan contacted the RUSA Operations call centre for assistance when the woman left to fetch the birth certificate.
Reaction Officers arrived on scene at 13:56 (Friday) and apprehended the woman who attempted to leave upon noticing an approaching marked Response Vehicle.
Officers immediately removed the child from her care.
Woman denies offering to sell the child
Upon questioning the female, she initially informed Reaction Officers that she had no knowledge of the incident.
When confronted with an audible video recording the woman explained that she was joking regarding the sale of the child. The woman claims that the child lives with her in Temple Valley, Verulam after her 26-year-old daughter and the father allegedly abandoned the child.
The mother according to the woman had moved to Pinetown with a new boyfriend. The 3-year-old was not registered with the Home Affairs after his birth as there was a dispute over the biological father.
The woman claims to have no financial income & had to take the child to a Government Hospital for a vaccination earlier today & was given the run around by nurses.
Enroute home after the hospital visit it’s alleged that she made the offer to the staff at Lee’s Electronics.
The suspect & the child were handed over to the SAPS station in Verulam to investigate the matter further. The Child Welfare has been called in & the child’s mother has been contacted to present herself at the Verulam Police Station.
Source: RUSA Facebook