Man tries to ‘buy’ baby girl at hospital

2010-04-20 00:00

A PELHAM woman was shocked when a man offered to buy her baby girl at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban last week.

The woman, who asked not be named, had taken her 14-month-old daughter to the hospital for a check-up. In the hospital parking lot, she was approached by a man who walked with her towards her car.

“He was a thick-set, fairly well-spoken man wearing a red shirt. Having started a conversation with me, he said this was his child. In my surprise, I replied that she certainly was not, but laughed because I thought he was joking.

“He then inquired about the gender of my child and her health, adding that he wanted a child like mine, to which I replied that I was sure his wife would give him a child. He said he wanted mine and that he will pay me for her,” said the woman.

She said she was shocked when the man said she must regard the payment as lobola (bride price) for the child.

“I got scared and I told the man that I needed to go. He was reluctant to leave,” she said.

She left the parking without seeing the man again and only reported the matter at the hospital the next day.

The security manager at the hospital, Tyron Weston, confirmed the woman had reported the incident.

He said that after the report he viewed video footage recorded during the day, but could not see the man.

“We alerted the security to be on the look-out for the man, knowing that they have little information on him as the woman could only tell me that the man wore a red shirt. What is disturbing though is that the lady isola­ted herself even after the shocking conversation with the man.

“She should have tried to locate a security guard or driven straight to a nearest police station. What’s worse is that she informed us only the next day and could not even describe the man,” Weston said.

He advised people to report such incidents immediately.

The matter was reported to the police.

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