Baby returned, but MEC wants answers

MEC Albert Fritz believes a mother whose baby went missing must answer tough questions.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz on Tuesday said he wanted a proper investigation into claims that an Oudtshoorn mother was drinking alcohol on the day her baby was kidnapped.

The three-week-old boy was found unharmed in Ladysmith on Tuesday following a six-day search.

Police arrested a 15-year-old girl for kidnapping the infant.

The suspect disappeared with the child last week, after his mother asked her to watch the boy while she used an ATM.

Fritz said officials need to find out how this could have happened.

"I'm going to ask that our social workers refer the matter to have a further investigation, a criminal investigation, so the NPA can prosecute if there's enough evidence saying his mother was negligent."

Fritz added that parents need to take responsibility for their children.

"This is a direct result of young people who are not capable or prepared to be parents. Then they have this kind of result from their irresponsibility."

The baby has since been taken to a place of safety.

The police's Malcolm Pojie said the motive for the incident is unclear.

"The baby is being kept in safe conditions. The suspect will appear in court this morning, she has been charged with kidnapping."