Mom faces murder charge after baby found in dam

Eleven-month-old Akhimbali Mafentile was found dead in a dam in Bloekombos

A woman has appeared in court, charged with murder and child neglect, after her 11-month-old baby was found dead in a litter-strewn Bloekombos dam.

According to Kraaifontein police spokesman Captain Hein Hendricks, Akhimbali Mafentile’s lifeless body was found on Wednesday March 24 after “an extensive search by police and the community in the area”.

The child’s mother, Xola Mafentile, 20, had been arrested on the same day, he said.

Ms Mafentile appeared in the Blue Down’s Magistrate’s Court on Friday, charged with murder and child neglect. She was released on R500 bail and will appear in court again on Thursday June 8.

Akhimbali had been reported missing at the Kraaifontein police station on Monday March 22, Captain Hendricks said.

He urged anyone with information about the case to contact Sergeant Nomaleta Meseza-Bangani at 084 895 1172.