More than 200 abandoned children in Free State have found homes - MEC

2016-01-29 15:19

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Bloemfontein – More than 200 children in the Free State, including those found abandoned, have since been adopted, said Social Development MEC Sisi Ntombela.

Ntombela said there were a number of families, who were prepared to give unwanted children a loving home.

“About 210 babies were adopted since last year,” she told News24.

Ntombela said it was worrying that more and more babies were being dumped, and some were found dead.

On Monday a man, who was looking for food in a rubbish bin near* the Orange Grove Farm in Ferreira outside Bloemfontein discovered a foetus wrapped in a black plastic bag.

A police source said the foetus was fully developed.

In a separate incident, another body of an abandoned newborn baby was also found wrapped in a plastic bag in Durban.

The baby was found on the corner of Anton Lembede and Joe Slovo streets at about 22:00 on Thursday.

The police said the baby was found inside a knotted plastic bag.

“Baby dumping is inhuman and it's a criminal offence,” said Ntombela.

She said women should be taught about contraceptives, legal abortion and legal adoption.

Ntombela added that women who were desperate not to be mothers should bring their babies to the department’s care, instead of abandoning them.

“We have institutions in the province that ensures that unwanted babies are taken care of – we are appealing to women to bring their children to us if they don’t want them,” added Ntombela.

* This article has been updated to reflect that the foetus was found near the farm; and not on the farm.

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