Mother (25) arrested for killing baby and lying to police

A 25-year-old mother was arrested near Brits this week for murdering her one-month-old baby while telling the police that the child was kidnapped.

Mimi Mokoena summoned the police to her house in Hebron on Saturday, 26 June, telling them her baby had been kidnapped. “Mokoena informed the police that two unknown men armed with a firearm and panga, forcefully gained entrance into her shack at about 19:00 on Saturday, 26 June 2021, and demanded to see her boyfriend. Upon being told that the boyfriend was not home, the men allegedly instructed her to close her and her baby’s mouths with tape and they fled from the scene with the baby,” police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said.

The baby’s body was found by a passer-by on a riverbank in the area the following day.
“Following an intensive investigation by the police’s Trio Task Team, the mother admitted to killing the baby.” She was arrested on Tuesday, 29 June.”

Mokoena appeared in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday on charges of murder, perjury and obstructing/defeating the ends of justice. She was remanded in custody until Thursday, 1 July 2021, for legal representation.

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena welcomed the arrest, saying it will send a clear message that the police will not hesitate to take action against those who register false cases.