New-born bundle of joy’s cries raised shepherd’s curiosity

2016-03-03 06:00
 Abandoned baby

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Mfuleni police are seeking the assistance of the community in locating the mother of a new born baby who was found on Saturday.

The baby was found by a shepherd who was walking off the cows in the bushes near Bosasa temporary housing in Mfuleni on Saturday morning.

Captain Nomathemba Muavha said the sherperd heard a baby crying and saw a bundle moving in a blanket unattended and notified the police.

“The baby boy was found covered in a blanket. The baby might be few days old,” she said.

Anyone with information that can lead to them locating the whereabouts of the mother is requested to contact Captain Nomathemba Muavha at Mfuleni police Station on 021-909 9593 or 082 499 4650.

Meanwhile a study revealed twice as many children were abandoned in the past year compared to the year before, the Child Welfare centre said.

Thousands of children a year are being abandoned, with the number reaching at least 1 200 in four provinces namely the Western Cape, Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal and Free State.

More than 40 children were being dumped in the Free State every month.

Mondli Mvambi, spokesperson for the Department of Social Development, said 477 children were reported abandoned in the past 12 months. KwaZulu-Natal is also reporting high figures, especially of newborn babies, but only sporadic cases are being reported in Limpopo.

Linda Naidoo, spokesperson for Childline, said more children were being abandoned in KwaZulu-Natal, mainly because of poverty.

“KwaZulu-Natal is one of the poorest provinces in the country and that’s why we have so many such cases.

“HIV-Aids is another cause because many mothers find themselves unable to cope with the demands of raising an HIV-positive baby, she said.


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