Newborn twins found dumped

2009-02-13 00:00

WASTE pickers at the New England Road landfill site made a shocking discovery when they found the bodies of newborn twin babies yesterday morning.

“The babies appear to be fully formed and judging by the stage of decomposition, they were dumped very recently, probably in the last 24 hours,” said police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan.

Vusumuzi Bhengu was searching for steel and copper objects among rubbish dropped by a truck a few minutes earlier when he found the bodies.

“I was shocked. One of the babies was lying on the rubbish and next to it there was an Ace maize meal bag. Another baby was inside the bag with part of its body bulging out of the bag.” Bhengu raised the alarm and other waste pickers and site workers came to look.

Site foreman Innocent Mhlongo told the driver of the grader to stop pushing rubbish to the section where the babies were found.

“I informed management and called the police and marked the area with red tape,” he said.

Police collected the bodies and took them to the mortuary. A postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Mhlongo said another baby was found just outside the landfill site gates last year. That body was half buried. “A passer-by saw limbs protruding from the ground.”

Police are appealing to anyone with information that will assist in their investigation to contact Captain Pieter van Zanten of the Alexandra Road Detective Service at 033 845 7724 or 082 801 1943.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous should phone Crime Stop at 08600 10111 toll-free.

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