Durban – Fungayi Nyamadzawo has appeared in court for the murder of her child Alexia Nyamadzawo after investigations revealed she had faked her kidnapping to cover the murder.
Zimbabwean six-year-old Alexia Nyamadzawo, was found dead on Tuesday, after her 42-year-old mother, Fungayi, reported her kidnapped by unknown suspects.
Nyamadzawo appeared briefly on Wednesday, and has also been charged with two counts of kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.
She will remain in custody until June 10 when she will next appear in court.
This 42-year-old mother had appeared in the Umhlali Magistrate’s Court for allegedly murdering her six-year-old daughter, #AlexiaNyamadzawo, whose body was found in a sugar cane field yesterday. The mom alleged the little girl was snatched out of her car on Sun. @etvNewsSA pic.twitter.com/llcoCDPBIv
— Nabeelah Shaikh (@Nabeelah_Shaikh) June 3, 2020
After an extensive search, rescuers found Alexia’s body in the Glendale area on the North Coast, near Durban.
She was reported missing on Sunday.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said on Sunday night, the child’s mother had reported that she was driving along Glendale Road and slowed down at a speed hump when she alleged a man opened the back door and snatched the sleeping child from the seat.
Alexia’s 14-year-old sibling was also in the car.
The mother reported the kidnapping to the police and a two-day search party was conducted.
On Monday, the mother was called in for questioning and police were then able to find the location of the child’s body.
According to police, the search was very difficult due to the terrain of the sugarcane field where the body was abandoned.
Saps provincial spokesperson Brig Jay Naidoo explaining the charges #AlexiaNyamadzawo 's mother Fungai Nyamadzawo faces after the little girl was found dead in a sugercane field on Tuesday. @TimesLIVE @yasantha pic.twitter.com/WPfAsj2rgC
— Lwandile Bhengu (@Lwandi_N) June 3, 2020