Dumped: Baby found in toilet

2008-07-15 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality cleaner Fakazile Chamane made another gruesome discovery of a baby’s body abandoned in a city public toilet yesterday evening.

Chamane found the body of the baby boy — estimated to be only two days old — in the Masukwane (East) Street minibus taxi rank at about 4 pm. About a year ago Chamane made her first discovery of a baby’s body in West Street taxi rank toilets.

The latest body was stashed in a green sports bag.

“I was preparing to knock off when I saw a bag in the toilet cubicle. When I touched it I felt something soft inside, and suspected that there was something amiss. I called a street vendor, who came and helped me to open it only to find the baby’s body,” said Chamane.

Chamane reported the incident to her supervisor, Linda Majola, who called the police. She locked the toilet in order to prevent people from using it.

Police arrived after 7 pm to collect the body.

“The one that I found in West Street was about a few hours old,” said Chamane.

Majola said it has become normal for street sweepers and toilet cleaners to find abandoned bodies of babies.

“Most bodies are found in street rubbish bins,’ said Chamane.

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