A white woman who claimed to have given birth to a black child will stand trial in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court later this year.
The fraud case against the woman was postponed on Monday (20/06/16) because magistrate Chris Kruger was not feeling well.
The woman‚ who cannot be named to protect the identity of the now nine-year-old boy‚ is facing charges of fraud after she allegedly lied in documents at Home Affairs when she registered the child’s birth.
Two mothers‚ including the white woman from Vereeniging‚ south of Johannesburg and her former Zimbabwean domestic worker‚ are fighting over the child.
The Zimbabwean woman claims she gave birth to the child at Tembisa Hospital in Ekurhuleni on February 13 2007.
She said the battle over the child began when she stopped working for the couple in 2009. She said her former employers took the child from a day care centre on June 25 2010.
The white couple allegedly lied under oath and registered the child as their biological son.
They allegedly then took the matter further and applied for the adoption of the child when they realised that their former employee was fighting to get her son back.
In a late registration of birth affidavit signed by the white woman‚ she claimed the boy was born on September 13 2007 at Tembisa Hospital.
The couple approached Home Affairs in Vereeniging on February 19 2009 to acquire a birth certificate for the child.
However‚ police said they could not find any records of the white woman giving birth at the hospital.
Police are also investigating how home affairs issued a birth certificate to the white couple.
The trial will start in November.
— TMG Digital/Sowetan
Source: Herald Live