Kokstad: Businesspeople fed up with illegal abortion pamphlets

2009-02-26 00:00

Kokstad businesspeople are fed up with pamphlets advertising penis enlargements, pain free abortions and other muti potions that are plastered on the walls of their buildings.

Now, they have threatened to take the law into their own hands, claiming that they have approached the relevant departments to get rid of the pamphlets, but nothing has yet been done.

They also said that these pamphlets are not only dirtying buildings but the rest of the town.

Local businessman Dewald Van Zyl said that when he removes the pamphlets that are stuck on the wall of his building, they are put back the next day. He said he even resorted to phoning cellphone numbers written on the pamphlets and pretended to be a person who wanted to arrange for someone to undergo an abortion. He discovered that these people do not have proper offices suitable for abortions as they told him to wait behind a supermarket. “I approached the local municipality and police, but to no success,” he said.

Another businessman who wished to remain anonymous said they have decided to trace people responsible for the pamphlets through cellphone numbers written on the pamphlets and will “beat them up” because nothing is being done about the matter. “Already, we have started to phone the numbers and most people who answer the cellphones have foreign accents,” he said.

Municipal manager for Greater Kokstad Municipality, Mxolisi Nkosi, said that sticking up the pamphlets on the town’s walls violates the advertising municipal by-laws.

“We are also busy investigating the matter and we will locate them [perpetrators] through their numbers,” said Nkosi.

KZN Health Department spokesman, Leon Mbangwa, confirmed receiving reports that there are people, possibly foreign nationals, advertising illegal abortions in various parts of the province.

“The reports allege that the people behind the adverts have claimed that they would perform an abortion even when the woman has been pregnant for over six months. If this is true, it is illegal,” said Mbangwa.

He said the department has a policy in place for certain hospitals to perform legal and safe abortions.

“If a person wants to terminate her pregnancy she must first visit a clinic then they will be referred to a credited hospital. Pre-counselling is offered where the procedure and possible complications are explained.”

He said that an abortion is safe only during the first trimester of pregnancy and urged people not to opt for back-street abortions because the results could lead to complications, trauma and even death.

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