New revelations emerge in court in the Khayelitsha Baby Snatcher case.
by Morné Esben
We heard some testimony on Thursday which has really illuminated the case against an 18-year-old learner accused of snatching and selling a two-month old baby.
18-year-old Karabo Tau took the stand yesterday in her bail application as her lawyers presented her defence, and some serious questions have now been raised about her guilt. She told the court she was at school in Claremont on the 16th of January, when the baby was abducted in Parow. Tau is accused of posing as a social worker, and snatching Baby Kwahlelo.
Tau also testified that she was forced by the Police to write a confession after a grueling session of questioning.
Earlier, her isi-Xhosa teacher Thokozile Godona confirmed that Tau was at school between two and three in the afternoon. That’s the time the incident allegedly happened at Parow Post Office. Meanwhile, the school’s IT manager, Johan Thomson, showed the footage of the day in question and Tau can clearly be seen on the footage with a time stamp of being well after 3. The court was told that the time stamp was 20 minutes fast, but despite that, it would still place her at school at the alleged time of the crime. He has denied that the CCTV footage has been tampered with.
Tau will stay in custody until court proceedings continue next Tuesday.
We had our reporter Arthur Pose down at court yesterday and he told us that he got the distinct sense that the momentum had shifted in this case. To him, it appears as though there is now substantial doubt to Tau’s involvement in this crime.
Obviously, the law is sometimes surprising, and the airing of evidence and opinion isn’t complete … But there’s a growing concern that a matric girl has been kept in prison for three weeks and more on what might be a case of mistaken identity.
And, of course, worst of all – none of this is seemingly bringing us any closer to finding the missing child.
So this story has been dominating our news coverage of late, and given the new revelations, it’ll continue to do so.
And it appears to be the beginning of the end for South Africa’s embattled national carrier.
The Democratic Alliance says the fact that the South African Airways is now going to fly only one route domestically is a clear indication of how the airline has all but collapsed. SAA announced on Thursday that it was cancelling all of its domestic routes, apart from Johannesburg to Cape Town, at the end of the month after it was placed in business rescue earlier.
The opposition party says it seems as though the writing is on the wall for everybody but the ANC government, who is clearly wedded to the continuous waste of public money.
Meanwhile, trade union, Solidarity, says the order by the High Court in Johannesburg to place SA Express under business rescue is an important step for the airline. Transport and logistics company Ziegler filed an urgent court application to have the airline placed under business rescue in an effort to recover around 11.3-Million-Rand debt.
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