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Phumza Sigaqa appearing in court with Joslin Smith’s mother, Kelly. Images: SAPS.

Joslin Smith kidnapping: Who is ‘lady in red’, and is she a sangoma?

The husband of one of the four accused of kidnapping and trafficking Joslin Smith has responded to rumours she is a sangoma…

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Phumza Sigaqa appearing in court with Joslin Smith’s mother, Kelly. Images: SAPS.

The husband of Phimza Sigaqa – the “lady in red” at the Vredenburg Magistrates Court – has rubbished reports she is a sangoma who bought missing Joslin Smith from her mother Kelly and boyfriend Jacquin Appollis, or Boeta.

The trio, alongside the couple’s friend Steveno van Rhyn are facing charges of kidnapping and human trafficking.

According to Western Cape province police commissioner Thembisile Patekile, more charges and more arrests are on the cards.

The four accused will remain in custody where they will make their next court appearance on 13 March.


Speaking to IOL, Silindokuhle Bekameva – the husband of Phimza Sigaqa – has rubbished rumours that she is a sangoma.

On social media, rumours that Kelly instructed Boeta and Stevano to sell little Joslin to Sigaqa have been a talking point.

He told the publication: “My wife had nothing to do with this case; she is not friends with Kelly, isn’t a sangoma, and has never been one; she was never arrested for anything.”

Fellow Diazville resident Lwando Cengimbo claims the rumours have caused racial tensions in the community.

He said: “First, when there was a rumour of a sangoma being arrested, the people were clearly accusing a black person.

“We know that Phumza is not a sangoma and has never been one. The search has now been divided into blacks and coloureds.”


Meanwhile, Western Cape Provincial Minister of Community Safety and Police Oversight Reagen Allen has called on the courts to deny bail to Joslin Smith’s mother and her co-accused.

He shared in a Facebook post: “We want this young girl to be found unharmed and safely returned home. These suspects must come clean. We encourage the magistrate to deny bail, should or when it is applied for.

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The four accused of kidnapping, and trafficking Joslin Smith. (From left to right): Jacquen Apollis, Steveno van Rhyn, Racquel Smith and Phimza Sigaqa. Image via SAPS

“While I, like many, are focusing our collective efforts on reuniting Joslin with her family, we continue to support other families who have missing children or family members.

“And we are partnering with law enforcement agencies to reunite them with their loved ones.”