Foreign nationals arrested with ‘abortion pills’

2016-01-28 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Some of the items that police confiscated.

PHOTO: supplied Some of the items that police confiscated.

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THREE foreign nationals from a mid-African country, were arrested in Port Shepstone CBD on Friday for impersonating medical practitioners and offering their services to perform illegal abortions.

The trio, in their mid-thirties, were arrested at two different premises they had rented, when police from the local Public Order Policing (POP) and Port Shepstone Crime Prevention conducted an undercover operation.

“They were also assisted by personnel from Home Affairs and Department of Health,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

A police agent bought a tablet for R500 from the one “so- called” doctors to perform an abortion.

“One of the suspects has temporary documents to be in the country, which expire in May,” said Wiid.

The two other suspects could not produce any legal documents to be in the country.

Police confiscated a number of pamphlets, herbs, instruments and tablets as well as ointments which will be sent for analysis.

The three face charges of “Contravention of Choice on termination of Pregnancy Act 92/1996 Section 3 (1), 10 (a) (b) (2) and two of them will also face additional charges under the Illegal Immigration Act and will be dealt with by Home Affairs Department.

They appeared in Port Shepstone court on Monday and the case was postponed to 4 February.

- Supplied.

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