Baby boy’s body found in veld

2015-05-27 06:00
RESIDENTS of Seemeeupark gathered at the open veld where the body of a baby boy had been dumped. Insert: Bongani Alexander made the shocking discovery on Monday, 18 May.

Alet van der Walt

RESIDENTS of Seemeeupark gathered at the open veld where the body of a baby boy had been dumped. Insert: Bongani Alexander made the shocking discovery on Monday, 18 May. Photo: Alet van der Walt

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A SHOCKING discovery was made in an open veld in Seemeeu­park on Monday, 18 May.

Welkom resident Alexander Bongani was walking through the park between Lindsay and Starford Road when he saw a transparent plastic bag with what seemed to be the tiny body of a baby inside.

Bongani told Vista, sister paper of Express Goldfields andamp; NFS, he had been so shocked and upset, that he had at first fled the scene. But he then stopped and called the police, as well as emergency services.

The body of a baby boy with the placenta still intact was found in the plastic bag.

Marchant Jacobs, a paramedic with the Department of Health, confirmed that the baby had already been dead when emergency services arrived at the scene.

The police are investigating a case of concealment of birth.

It is alleged that a woman and later a man were seen in the area shortly before the body was discovered. The man hurried from the scene when the police and ambulance arrived.) New-born babies represent about 65% of the abandoned children in South Africa.

Only about a third (of abandoned new-borns) survives being left unprotected in places such as toilets, the open veld, dustbins and even dumping sites.

The House of Hope in Stateway, Welkom, offers support to mothers who want to give their babies up for adoption.

The Zoe Life Centre and House of Hope also assist mothers in dealing with the trauma of rape, adoption and others issues concerning unwanted pregnancies.

“It is heartbreaking that a baby has died in the same vicinity where the Zoe Life Centre offers help to prevent this kind of tragedy,” said Past. Jackie Botes.) The Zoe Life Centre in Welkom is situated at 226 Stateway.

This is Welkom’s centre for pregnant teenagers and women who are distressed due to an unwanted pregnancy.

The centre’s goal is to restore the emotional well-being of those traumatised by the effects of an unplanned pregnancy.

The centre is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00.

For more information, do not hesitate to call 072-882-3198

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