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Police launch manhunt after nanny abducts child

It’s understood the nanny asked for R500,000 ransom from the child’s parents.

FILE: The toddler went missing from her home in Mdantsane nearly two weeks ago. FILE: Picture:Lauren Isaacs/EWN

EAST LONDON - The Hawks, assisted by Interpol and Home Affairs, have launched a manhunt for a woman who allegedly kidnapped a three-year old in East London.

It's feared the nanny, believed to be from Mozambique, may have fled the country with the child.

It's understood she's asked for R500,000 ransom from the child's parents.

The toddler went missing from her home in Mdantsane nearly two weeks ago.

Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said they are working with Eastern Cape police.

"In this particular case where the child clearly wasn't given consent, we are trying to figure out if the child has fully left the country; and if they did, how they did that."

He added the country's ports of entry are progressive.

"The laws are aimed at protecting children."

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