Baby's body found at dump site

2020-03-10 06:00
The Baby Saver box at Lavender Hill is a safe option for desperate mothers.

The Baby Saver box at Lavender Hill is a safe option for desperate mothers. (Adielah Cassiem Williams)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A case of concealment of birth was opened at the Muizenberg police station last week after the body of a baby was found at the False Bay landfill site. 

Police spokesperson Capt FC van Wyk confirmed the incident.

“Muizenberg police is investigating a case of concealment of birth and an inquest into the circumstances of the death of an infant – who appeared to be a newborn baby – whose body was found at about 07:30 on Wednesday 4 March.” 

According to Van Wyk, Law Enforcement officers found the body.

People’s Post reported last year on the Baby Savers available locally (“Gruesome fetus discovery”, People’s Post, 3 December 2019)

There are five Baby Saver locations in the Western Cape: Bellville, Lavender Hill, Sun Valley, Somerset West and Grabouw.

A Baby Saver is a metal container usually built into a sidewall of a safe house and it is hoped that mothers, should they find themselves in such desperate circumstances that they feel there is no other option but to abandon their new-born baby, will use the Baby Saver.

They can place the baby inside the box and once it is shut an alarm alerts a nearby responder about the infant inside. The mother’s identity will remain unknown. 

But there are also other avenues available to desperate mothers before the situation escalates to abandonment. Tracey Aitken, the founder of the Zoe Project, is located at the Retreat maternity and obstetrics unit at the Retreat Community Health Centre.

Here, she and her staff members can counsel mothers-to-be and assist them where needed.

“We hope to meet mothers in distress before they reach that point,” she said.

“We’re here for the mom and the baby. We are known for helping with alternative options like adoption. At that point (wanting to abandon a newborn baby), the mom is usually mentally unstable – whether it’s because of drugs or whatever. So it’s not so much about the mom but the community and to find out why she does not feel supported.”

They aim to tackle each case with compassion and care for the mother’s circumstances.

The investigation into the discovery of the infant’s body at the False Bay landfill site is still under way, says Van Wyk.

  • For assistance, call The Zoe Project on 073 174 1992.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.