War against illegal abortions

2016-04-08 06:00
 Photos: Siphelele Nketo Removing illegal abortion posters Greater Kokstad Municipality mayor Nosisa Jojozi (left) and MEC of Health, Sibongiseni Dhomo.

Photos: Siphelele Nketo Removing illegal abortion posters Greater Kokstad Municipality mayor Nosisa Jojozi (left) and MEC of Health, Sibongiseni Dhomo.

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“WAR” was declared by the KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, when he led a march last Friday against illegal abortions­ in Kokstad, after visiting other areas in KZN.

He was accompanied by Kokstad mayor Nosisa Jojozi, Harry Gwala Municipality officials, nurses­ from Kokstad and members of the Council of Churches in Harry Gwala.

The march started at Bhongweni Bridge and moved through the busy streets of Kokstad up to the municipality town hall.

During the march Dhlomo removed­ posters on walls and street poles that advertised “safe abortions” and spread messages about illegal abortions to people on the street and at taxi ranks.

“Stand up and say ‘no’ to illegal abortions,” Dlomo said.

“It is legal to perform an abortion in places not known to the Department of Health and by unqualified doctors.”

He called for stakeholders to stand and fight the crisis because it is destroying the nation.

“It is terrible to see young women­ losing their wombs because of these illegal “Dr Brendas”, who advertise their practice on street poles.

“The municipality should not allow these posters, and the police must assist.

“The people who perform illegal abortions are murderers and must be locked in jail,” said Dhlomo.

Jojozi said she would assist Dhlomo’s war against illegal abortion.

Lungisa Madlavu from the National­ Prosecuting Authority in Kokstad also showed support.

Reverend Zamuxolo Thambo, chairman from the Council of Churches in Harry Gwala, said pastors­ are tired of being called to bury unborn babies because of abortions.

“All departments and churches should fight the challenge. Killing an unborn baby is a sin before God.”

Dhlomo will be visiting other KwaZulu-Natal areas taking his message to the people.

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