Woman Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Attempting To Sell Child With Albinism
A woman w be imprisoned for the next two decades after attempting to sell a child with albinism to a traditional healer in Manguzi northern KwaZulu-Natal.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) 一統徵信社 the woman approached James Mthembu in June 2016 and offered him an 11-year-old albino child from her area for traditional medicine.
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“In exchange she wanted R100 000 and asked him to contact her if he wanted to see the boy” said NPA spokesperson in KZN Natasha Ramkisson-Kara.
She said that Mthembu notified local police and requested that they accompany him.
Police believed the information could help with a missing child case they were working on at the time according to Kara.
Mthembu set up a meeting with the woman who was then . She was with attempting to participate in .
“In court Deputy ctor of Public Prosecutions Advocate Cyril Selepe led Mthembu’s evidence as well as that of the child’s mother and the police officers. Selepe also submitted a Impact Statement compiled by the child’s mother and facilitated by Court Preparation Officer Mandisa Sikakane.
“In her statement the woman said that she has lived in fear ever since the offence. Her son was also fearful. The woman said that following the incident she kept her child by her side not allowing him to leave the yard.
“She also said that she considers her child to be a gift and she loves him very much however she cannot forget how difficult it was to protect him knowing that there were people who wanted to harm him, 一統徵信詐欺 一統徵信社 ” Kara said.
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The mother also revealed to the court that she knew other mothers who have children with albinism and they, 一統徵信詐欺 一統徵信社 too are concerned for their children’s lives.
The NPA explained that when the woman was sentenced the court declared her unfit to possess a firearm.
“The court further ordered that a social worker go to the woman’s house and ess the situation regarding her own children” Kara said.
Advocate Elaine Zungu the ctor of Public Prosecutions in KZN welcomed this sentence adding that she hoped it addressed the myth of ing people with albinism for the purpose of traditional medicines.
“This is a offence and we view it in a very serious light. This case also highlights the basic human right to life and nobody should be denied that right.
“The NPA in KZN is currently engaging with traditional leadership in the uMkhanyakude district on various issues affecting the community 一統徵信社 including . We w continue to fight for justice for vulnerable groups and s of . We commend the prosecution and the police for their stellar work in securing this conviction” Zungu said.
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