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By Gareth Cotterell

Digital Editor

Police search for mother as body of newborn baby found on beach

The newborn baby boy was found washed up on the shore with a colourful blanket.

Police in Gqeberha are asking the community to help it find the mother of a newborn baby whose body was found washed ashore on Brighton Beach on Friday afternoon.

“At about 1:30pm, people cleaning the beach noticed a colourful blanket washed up on the beach. On further inspection, it was discovered that a newborn baby boy was washed up with the blanket. The race of the baby cannot be determined, however the child is very fair skinned,” said police spokesperson Col Priscilla Naidu.

Naidu said a black refuse bag containing more blankets and a placenta also washed up with the baby.

An inquest docket is under investigation.

Anyone who can assist in tracing the mother of the baby or may know of anyone who may have been recently pregnant and no longer has a child to contact SAPS Mount Road detectives on 041 3946523/6316 or Crime Stop 08600 10111 or their nearest police station. 

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The community has also been asked to help police in Durban find 28-year-old Njabulo Ndlovu after a court issued a warrant for his arrest.

He is wanted in connection with the murder of his step-aunt Ntombifuthi Regina Chivambu. Police found her body lying on a bed in Granite Avenue in Avoca Hills. “She was strangled to death and the towel was put in her mouth,” said Colonel Thembeka Mbele.

A car that was parked at the premises was also missing and charges of murder and theft of a motor vehicle were opened for investigation at Greenwood Park SAPS.

Ndlovu is also being investigated by the Port Shepstone FCS Unit in a kidnapping case that was opened at Highflats SAPS. He allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old in December 2019.

Anyone with information that can assist police in this investigation can contact the investigating officer Detective Constable Nhlanhla Mhlongo on 073 862 17001/031 571 6512 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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