Why Mampho* had an unsafe back street abortion

By Faeza
29 September 2016

T'S almost impossble to walk around any town in South Africa and not notice pamphlets on street poles advertising fast and safe abortions.

The abortion clinics that advertise this service also promise that they can perform the procedure at any stage of the pregnancy. They offer easy and unsafe ways of terminating an unwanted pregnancy.


Mampho Dibakwane* (19) from Tembisa, is a second year law student at the University of

Johannesburg, and while doing her first year, she found out that she was pregnant. At seven months pregnant, she decided to terminate the pregnancy because she was scared of what her parents would say and her boyfriend didn’t want anything to do with her. She had the abortion at a backstreet clinic and the procedure was performed by a doctor who

only goes by the name, Dr Mama. She says having the abortion was a life-changing decision because after the procedure, she had some complications and when her mother took her to the family doctor, she was told the unpleasant news that she would

never be able to conceive children.

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