Baby dumped with trash

2016-06-01 06:00
THE box that contained the body of a new-born baby boy, along with some evidence relating to the crime, were removed from a Sol Plaatje municipal refuse truck by members of the forensic services on Monday morning (30/05). Photos: Boipelo Mere

THE box that contained the body of a new-born baby boy, along with some evidence relating to the crime, were removed from a Sol Plaatje municipal refuse truck by members of the forensic services on Monday morning (30/05). Photos: Boipelo Mere

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NO ONE has yet been arrested in connection with the body of a new-born baby boy that was found in a styrofoam box inside a refuse bag in Southey Street, Kimberley, on Monday morning (30/05).

The discovery was made by Sol Plaatje municipal workers when they collected the refuse.

According to an eye witness, someone who works in Southey Street was the one who screamed and alerted the refuse collectors when she saw blood from the truck when it squashed the refuse as usual.

It was revealed that the worker had to be rushed to hospital after witnessing the tragic incident.

The incident sparked outrage at the person who had committed the deed and some of the spectators had their say.

They said that all the rubbish from the street is usually collected at one corner, thus it was possible for the perpetrator to drop it off without anyone noticing.

A resident who lives in the Southey Street flats encouraged the police to retrieve the closed circuit footage of the nearby camera to find the perpetrator.

They also pointed to the traces of blood drops on the tarred road which led to the nearby flats as a positive lead as to where the perpetrator lives.

One of the spectators, was quoted saying: “I hope that I come across that monster that calls herself a mother. If I see her, I will beat the living daylights out of her.

“When you sleep with a man, you know that you will get pregnant. I mean, we get free health services. What will drive a person to do such a terrible thing?

“This hurts. We are raising our children in difficult circumstances. I mean, the government is also helping us with child support grants. There is no reason that a woman can stay pregnant for nine months and then do a thing like this. She is a monster.

“You can see that it was well planned, looking at the type of box that was used. This was no accident,” said another tearful lady.

“That was such a beautiful, full-grown and fat baby. I do not expect the police to have difficulty in catching the culprit. The insulting part is that it happens in Child Protection Week.”

“Why did she not seek help when she had problems? This is really sad,” said Banu Obaray (70), who was also saddened by the incident.

The police confirmed that they were alerted around 11:00 by Sol Plaatje Municipal workers following their gruesome discovery in Southey Street.

“The municipal workers were collecting refuse when they came across a black refuse bag dripping blood. They opened it and discove-red a new-born baby’s body,” stated Lt. Olebogeng Tawana in a press release.

Sello Matsie, the spokesperson for the Sol Plaatje Municipality, said they had been notified by the workers and went to the scene.

“Upon arrival, we saw the new-born and called the forensic services. At this stage, we cannot point out exactly from where the package came,” he said.

“We will also determine whether any of the workers on the scene needs any counselling and will send them if there is a need.”

According to Tawana, a case of concealment of birth is being investigated. Anyone with information that may assist with the investigation is urged to contact WO Pat Dibebe on 082-752-2577.

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