Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has called for those involved in an apparent kidnapping of a one-month-old Durban baby to be dealt with swiftly.
Baby Siwaphiwe was found on the N3 early on Sunday morning after a suspicious car was stopped near the Marriannhill toll plaza.
The mother reported on Friday that the infant was snatched from her during a hijacking.
However, it has now emerged that the mother was among those arrested.
Phahlane says a special prosecutor has been appointed to work with the police on the case.
The commissioner says there were just too many inconsistencies which emerged during investigations - especially the initial reports of how the baby was taken.
Phahlane says he was disappointed to learn that three people, including Sibongile Mbambo, the 34-year-old mother, were arrested.
His spokesperson Athlenda Mathe says, “It is unfortunate that one of the people taken into police custody is the mother of the baby herself.”
Mathe says the three will appear in court soon on various charges, including kidnapping.
Meanwhile, authorities say the baby is now in the custody of the Social Development Department.