Couple kills twins after failed abortion

2011-09-05 15:51

Johannesburg - A woman and her boyfriend were arrested for allegedly killing their new-born twin babies near Welkom, Free State police said on Monday.

The police retrieved the decomposed body of a baby from a pit toilet at the home of a 28-year-old woman in Thandanani village on Sunday, Sergeant Tlalanyane Pakela said.

The other body was not found.

The woman took tablets she got from a Nigerian doctor to end her pregnancy at seven months as a local state clinic had refused to abort her pregnancy as it was at an advanced stage.

"The first baby was born alive and the woman apparently threw the infant into a pit toilet," Pakela said.

"We suspect she drowned the second baby when she gave birth while taking a bath several hours later."

The boyfriend apparently helped her throw the body into the pit toilet. A friend of the woman saw the second birth and drowning. The couple was expected to face a murder charge in the Welkom Magistrate's Court soon.

  • Caz - 2011-09-05 15:56

    That it truly horrid, in the usa, unwanted babies can be dropped off at any police station hostipal or fire station without question or any charges brought against the parents. Wont this stop desperate moms from killing their new born babies. Truly sad!!!!

      Meanleader - 2011-09-05 16:31

      @michael ..quite a savage answer ...but I'm not surprised after seeing your foto ....

      LadyRaven - 2011-09-05 17:36

      These institutions do exist. Churches, orphanages and places of safety that offer such services. Education is the issue here. The state institution that refused there abortion should have helped them find alternatives

      landieman - 2011-09-06 03:02

      Hang them all

      Berelaine - 2011-09-06 07:59

      @ Caz: We can do this in SA too, so I don't know why there are so many helpless babies murdered and dumped! There are options. There are even places they can go to where the babies will be cared for specifically for mothers who don't want their babies...I think this kind of thing is extremely sad and it makes me mad that mothers don't care enough!

      Pleasethink - 2011-09-06 11:06

      Oh my soul this is horrible. I went through the abortion statistics a few weeks ago and some women go in for an abortion 3 times a year. Over a million abortions have taken place in one province over ten years. So no, something like that wont work here, because you actually need to be human to care. Sterilisation, no that might make a difference.

      themuirs - 2011-09-06 11:09

      Why is our government not actively looking into this, have drives to educate and set up stations in rural, poor areas where woman can leave their babies, ring a bell and the social worker just takes over - no questions asked! I will love to see my tax money go to such initiatives. This is becoming a huge problem in our society in South Africa, attention should be given to this!

      Hope - 2011-09-06 11:19

      Hi Caz Yes you are able to do exactly the same in South Africa we even have churches with a "hole in the wall" where babies can be dropped anon! It seems we just don't have the respect for life in South Africa..... The state institution should have referred them to a social worker... It's just terrible!

  • Hochang - 2011-09-05 16:01

    Put them before the firing squard!

      Michael - 2011-09-05 16:16

      So they can lose their jobs? Just arrest them. lol

  • Wayne Hayes - 2011-09-05 16:08

    Hope you both get killed in prison

      Meanleader - 2011-09-05 16:32

      Hey Wayne ...they probably have aids anyway bru !!!

      LiraShea - 2011-09-06 08:05

      Their act does call for harsh penalties, but beware what you wish upon others...

      DEVILS SON - 2011-09-06 10:30

      lira some people deserve what is wished apon them

  • southafricaz - 2011-09-05 16:12

    This is a tragedy!!

  • jonnybravo - 2011-09-05 16:13

    I dont understand how parents can do this...I had twin girls 3 months ago and my first instinct was to protect them from anything that might harm them or even irritate them. God would have to come down personally to stop me killing anyone who even thinks of harming my babies so for a parent to do this is just disgusting. Hope you get what you deserve. RIP little people.

      Kaapie - 2011-09-05 17:00

      Ands whats more is that abortions are done at state institutions.. what were these people thinking!!!!Not that I agree with abortions but thats a whole different discussion.

      Mike - 2011-09-06 14:47

      @jonnybravo and @Kaapie - desparate times call for desparate measures - how do you know the financial affairs of the parents? - maybe (I said maybe) there are no facilities in the area where they live for abortions. I am NOT for once condoning what they did - BUT - there are many many very desparate people out there! It really is a shame! So sad!

  • castle lager - 2011-09-05 16:14

    B I T C H !!!!!!!!!!!!

      SGL - 2011-09-05 16:28

      Yes I agree - but what about the father? He in all likelihood placed pressure on her to get rid of the pregnancy.

      Becky - 2011-09-05 17:32

      Murderers is the word you're looking for.

      Mike - 2011-09-06 14:52

      There are too many people on this forum with access to computers who know didly sqaut about people who are on the bones of their arses. Maybe they could not afford the fare for a trip to a nearby institution for the abortion to take place. We don't know the circumstances and should not throw stones. The local clinic should also be brought to book for not helping these parents arrange alternatives to their plight, not? R I P little ones!

  • Lee - 2011-09-05 16:14

    Shame, it is a little bundle of joy! I know of so many people that really battles to get pregnant. She should never have kids. Social Services helps mothers that doesn't want their kids why didn't they go see them. They are both cruel!!!! You don't do that to kids, shame man, that babies wanted to see the world and live and play! Hope they get the worst sentance ever.

  • diana2 - 2011-09-05 16:15

    yoh,yoh,yoh. Woman, how the hell do you sleep at night. I cannot imagine doing that to my child or any child for that matter, shoo. hai, you really are a piece of something. you are sick, as for the BF.

  • Fedup - 2011-09-05 16:17

    There should be a special place in hell for these frikkin idiots ... cannot even call them people. Oh i hate them so much.

      Dmitri - 2011-09-05 16:39

      There should be a special place in hell There is..........

      Expat - 2011-09-05 17:42

      @fedup - There IS a special place in hell for these people, it's called SA Hell! Rotten to the very core

      Mike - 2011-09-06 14:53

      There is a special place - we live in it!

  • zulufox - 2011-09-05 16:17

    I know a lot of people who would kill to have babies ...

  • whatno - 2011-09-05 16:18

    Dear God, why are such horrible people fertile. I know of so many loving people that pray to have one let alone twins. sise no this couple

  • Kenno - 2011-09-05 16:22

    ...and these people are allowed to vote!!

      frankm - 2011-09-05 16:40

      Allowed to vote? they should not even be allowed to breathe

      Mike - 2011-09-06 14:54

      Well, Mal-enema has the vote!

  • SGL - 2011-09-05 16:25

    This is so sad. There are so many women out there who can't have children - and then you get these who don't want children. There are many places in SA where they could have taken these two innocent babies. Don't these people realise that sex can lead to a pregnancy? How could she only ask for an abortion at 7 months? Put them both up for murder.

  • aterblanche3 - 2011-09-05 16:26

    how long can they be locked up for? how far away from day light? omw!

      Fred - 2011-09-06 10:48

      They'll get little more than a suspended sentence, the law does not look after little children, just look at the number of child rapists that get parole, sick.

  • Turbo - 2011-09-05 16:28

    Reading this, words fail me! But I am sure this happens a lot. People with no value of life infest our country!

  • Mike - 2011-09-05 16:32

    Just stop Breeding like animals

      daaivark - 2011-09-06 12:12

      Try another thought for a change.

  • naphtaly.calvin - 2011-09-05 16:40

    Horrid @Caz-I think it might reduce all this devilish acts.Maybe someone in parliament should hear you buddy. @Meanleader(about@Michael)-don't be fooled by what face he presents on the media.

  • frankm - 2011-09-05 16:41

    Throw them both down a pit toilet and forget about them

      DEVILS SON - 2011-09-06 10:34

      i hear its good for your skin

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-05 17:02

    they should be neutered with a chainsaw

      DEVILS SON - 2011-09-06 10:34

      give them the spanish donkey

  • VooDooGT - 2011-09-05 17:02

    omg, ppl like this should be hung in public with a sign saying "Baby Killers"

  • lynettevs - 2011-09-05 17:30

    Forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do!

      DEVILS SON - 2011-09-06 10:43

      they know exactly what they do

      Nedkelly - 2011-09-06 11:59

      Crap. They knew exactly what they were doing but are sub-human so do not have the same type of conscience that we humans do! String both mother and father up face down in the same pit toilet.

  • Alice - 2011-09-05 19:12

    Oh no! How horrible! This woman was intent on murdering her babies. Abortion is murder too. Why did the clinic refuse to abort? Whether you abort at 1 week or 6 months it's still murder! Let's not sooth our consciences here.

      Janine - 2011-09-06 11:19

      If you read the article properly you'll see that she tried to abort at 7 months - too far advanced - no clinic can legally perform an abortion at that stage. I don't consider abortion to be murder - if this woman had had a safe abortion early in her pregnancy it would not have been necessary for her to get rid of 2 viable babies.

      Enuff - 2011-09-06 11:46

      @Janine - "It would not have been necessary for her to get rid of 2 viable babies"????? NECESSARY??? VIABLE??? REALLY???? I hope that someone deems you NECESSARY and VIABLE enough to continue your opportunity at life!

  • deebeedee - 2011-09-06 07:40

    Poor little things - i am just so glad they couldn't remember a thing, and didn't grow up to be in the hands of such hooligans - they are better off in heaven than spending their lives with absolute monsters like that. Rest in peace little angels.

  • Wayne - 2011-09-06 11:36


  • daaivark - 2011-09-06 12:09

    With respect Hope, this is utterly tragic, but is not a purely SA phenomenon. This sort of thing happens in uneducated illiterate communities throughout the world. It is the human condition that leaves much to be desired, not merely the location.

  • John C - 2011-09-06 12:11


  • Engeltjie - 2011-09-06 12:43

    why don't they go to the nearest clinic, get free protection and have safe sex? Due to their lack of responsibility they took the lives of two innocent babies! RIP babies - may you rest well in the arms of Jesus Christ

  • Powerplay - 2011-09-06 12:46

    Bring back the DEATH PENALTY and lets have a public "show', shoot them in the head on Sandton square.........then we can all have a couple of beers and go home.

  • wisegirl - 2011-09-06 13:00

    terrible story, I would not gave a relationship with someone capable of doing this

  • mjoint - 2011-09-19 20:54

    Yoh this just sent shivers down my spine... y the hell did they wait for seven months if they did not want them. I dnt have the right to judge mara come on people, these are crimes that really scream for the death penalty.

  • nyaro - 2011-09-20 11:04

    I wish things like these "2 things" must not stay with people they r very dangerous and they don't deserve to breath.

  • Erin - 2012-03-19 10:31

    We live in a throw away society... Sick sick sick!

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