State drops charges against man implicated in Kwahlelwa Tiwane kidnapping

Ely Kibunda appeared briefly in the Bellville Magistrates Court on Wednesday where the State informed him it had decided to withdraw a charge of kidnapping against him pending further investigation.

Kidnapped baby boy Kwahlelwa Tiwane. Image: SAPS

CAPE TOWN - The State has withdrawn charges against a 22-year-old man implicated in the abduction of a baby from Khayelitsha.

Ely Kibunda was arrested shortly after 2-month-old Kwahlelwa Tiwane was snatched in Parow on 16 January.

The child is still missing.

Kibunda’s co-accused — 18-year-old Karabo Tau is due back in the dock later this afternoon — for her bail hearing.

Ely Kibunda appeared briefly in the Bellville Magistrates Court on Wednesday where the State informed him it had decided to withdraw a charge of kidnapping against him pending further investigation.

The matter was on the roll for a bail application on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old, who knows 18-year-old kidnapping accused Karabo Tau through social media, has since his arrest told authorities that he had nothing to do with little Kwahlelo Tiwane’s disappearance.

Arguments in Tau’s bail hearing continue this afternoon.