Lost Durban beachfront child in place of safety

2015-12-30 14:00


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Durban - A child who was lost on Durban’s beachfront and unclaimed for days after the Christmas weekend, will spend the foreseeable future in the care of social workers.

This after the mother of the child was tracked down, and deemed to be “too sick” to look after it.

News of the abandoned child first surfaced when the eThekwini Municipality released its festive season statistics on missing children at the beachfront.  

Nearly 500 000 people spent the weekend sunning themselves in Durban, with more expected on New Year's Eve.

In the bustling chaos, over 100 lost children were reunited with their families.

A total of 18 338 armbands were issued to children coming to the beach. About 109 children were separated from their guardians, but were later reunited with their families.

City spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa told News24 the child would remain in a place of safety.

"The parent of the child has been located. She had been admitted to hospital and later discharged. She stays in South Beach, but was too sick to take care of the child, hence the child was handed over to social workers who are keeping the child at the place of safety."

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