Baby found crawling alone on street at night

2012-09-24 22:42

Polokwane - A police patrol team found a 5-month-old baby crawling alone in the streets of Zone F in Mankweng, Limpopo, on Saturday night.

After a massive search, his 28-year-old mother was tracked down and will appear in the Mankweng Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on a charge of child neglect.

"A police patrol team came across a crawling baby at about 22:00 on Saturday night in Zone F. He was wearing brown trousers and a blue T shirt. Police immediately launched a massive search for the mother. With the help of the community the mother was arrested on Sunday,"  said Mankweng police spokesperson Constable Moses Molepo.

He said the baby will be put in a place of safety.

Meanwhile, a man accused of raping a 6-year-old child is also expected to appear in the same court on Tuesday.

The 44-year-old man, who lives next door to the girl in Ga-Mothiba near Nobody, was arrested on Sunday.

"The child was playing in the suspect's yard at about 08:00 on Sunday when she was allegedly dragged into the house and repeatedly raped," said Constable Molepo.

Later, when one of the girl's relatives realised the child had been raped, the police were called in.
"The child was taken to a doctor at Mankweng Hospital who confirmed the rape. The suspect was then arrested at his house at about 11:00 the same day," said Molepo.

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-09-24 22:59

    They crawl , alone at 5 months , mate @ 10 Years and go out of school @23 they grow up so quickly.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-25 07:26

      I was thinking the exact same thing.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-09-24 23:03

    Oh well.

  • billy.bunter.779 - 2012-09-24 23:16

    A shocking story, bt also a world first - a baby crawling at 5 months!??

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-09-25 10:18

      Maybe the mother registered him late or forgot his date of birth :)

  • david.eccles.182 - 2012-09-24 23:26

    Oh perfect SA. with all its stupid things that we pay for

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-09-24 23:28

    This then is Heritage Day for most South Africans! Tomorrow they, that is the Luthuli House spin doctors, will come up with a whole slew of comments about the fate of South Africans. No bet now, who will they blame? Then again it may only be on Wednesday because they need a day to recover from celebrating Heritage Day.

  • nthabiseng.monareng - 2012-09-24 23:28

    I think the baby is older than 5months but the (pathetic) mother doesnt actually know how old the baby is and when asked she said 5months. The mother must be just a *@#:* who sleeps with any1, some1 with no morals.

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-09-24 23:29

    What have we become as parents of the future as a black nation? Only nation to dump newborns in dustbins,drains,underneath corrugated irons. Why? Oh why?

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-25 05:03

      @mzuvukile:) the answer here is very simple people think having children is a national sport. By the time they realise that they cannot afford to raise the poor innocent child is little too late.

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-25 09:01

      Not that I disagree entirely with your statement, but if a white wrote that, wow. I don't think that its only blacks, there are others, either way those people should be hung.

      bruce.bennett.752 - 2012-09-25 14:31

      Good statement..But it happens to all races.. People found neglecting their kids should not be allowed to have them. They are a gift from god and should be treated as such. They never asked to come into this world, so its our responsibility as parents to love and care for what we have created.

  • sharon.themba - 2012-09-24 23:40

    I feel sorry for the 5 Months old baby, that was neglected. It is just unfortunate that the mother is the only one to be blamed Hence the baby has 2 parents that needs to be responsible for him.

      Tembisa Cibi - 2012-09-24 23:58

      yes the child got two parents but the mother is the 1 who look after a child how can she live the child on the street at that time of the night im bleming her

      Erna - 2012-09-25 05:37

      This is the country of 'immaculate conception'. Never heard of a country where so many fathers don't feature.

  • samuel.mphela - 2012-09-24 23:56

    Wow! This is shocking!

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-09-24 23:56

    I think News 24 is targeting Zimpopo, surely this province cant be as backward, looking at all negative stories coming from there. Glad the 5 month old crawling baby is OK now.

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-25 00:28

      It must be anc's idea of job creation: so many bad news coming out of simpopo that news24 had to employ an entire department just to handle stories coming out of there...

  • thapelo.twista - 2012-09-24 23:57

    This happend in ma neighbourhood.. *sad* disgusting... @justtwista

  • miehleketo.ndlovu - 2012-09-25 00:01


  • muhammad.mokoena - 2012-09-25 00:10

    What we gotta do is mobilise people! We can't let this go on while we sit back and just comment behind the computer screen. Let's do something about it! This can go viral and we can have a real change on our hands. Representing the Muslim community of the world God willing I will make a page and we will fight this scourge in whichever way possible! Hear from u soon!

      akaRags - 2012-09-25 00:23

      Hmmm, so what do you plan to do exactly, besides sitting behind your computer, making a page and hoping it will go viral? You are just commenting like everyone else......

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-25 04:56

      Good point Muhammad, don't forget to enlist my name on the list of volunteers.

      muhammad.mokoena - 2012-09-25 06:22

      Every movement starts with an idea. And every idea has individuals pushing it forward. You are just one of about 7 million individuals on this earth. Its takes one individual and another and another and so forth. We will do it!! God willing

      bobo.jane.1 - 2012-09-25 08:04

      mokoena, I`ve read your other comments on previous pages...But please, stop exploiting N24 articles to promote your religion.

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-25 08:58

      I believe you mean there are 7 billion people on this earth, or were you counting only the muslims and not us mere infidels?

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-25 01:16

    he deverse a life sentence.

  • siliziwem - 2012-09-25 04:34

    arrest the father too!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-25 04:52

      Permanently remove the child from them and either give up the child for adoption or have it raised by an orphanage. Then permanently sterilise them so that neither of them could sire any child in future. Keep them in jail a little longer. Thanks heaven they won't be released on medical parole to come and play golf even though they are at the death door. Poor pathetic excuses for a human being.

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-09-25 04:34

    Never a dull moment in Limpopo. Was it a baby? Aa! Check it again! And why a town is named Nobody? God forbid.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-09-25 05:07

    Bring in the mob. I will deliver the rocks

  • thandazab - 2012-09-25 05:33

    It is just sad that the only shocking thing about this story is that the baby is already crawling at 5 months! Hope mine grows up that fast too. Neglecting babies has become a norm in SA! N its disgusting. Ppl who dnt want to have babies should be voluntarily sterilized.

  • Gaoboihe John Kgasane - 2012-09-25 05:44

    Must be great fun making racist comments hiding behind anonymity. Cowards!

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-25 08:55

      I'm not racist and I won't hide but this sort of thing is becoming rather prevalent don't you think. Granted not only in the black communities but then maybe the news is scewed to make it seem that way. No matter who does it, it is disgusting.

  • mkhize.miranda.3 - 2012-09-25 05:55

    5mnth bby cn crawl dat far???whn dd he started sitting thn plsss smthn is wrong here nd i also knw dat newspapers also sell lies.

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-09-25 06:31

    FOR GODS SAKE SHOOT THE BASTARD - Give the mother life sentence until she has gone thru the change so she can't have any more children to ignore and neglect! Too many throw away children in South Africa already.

  • - 2012-09-25 06:37

    Spooky. The baby could easily be sacrificed for muti by the stupid sangomas in our midst.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-09-25 06:51

    1.Very advanced baby! 2. Bring on the mob Justice!

  • katlegojones.malemela - 2012-09-25 06:55

    A 5months lil thug crawling already, lmao! Give that baby a Bells!! Iyuu, my township is getting popular with so-not-newsworthy stuff lately, I am gutted.

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-09-25 08:58

      The baby only crawled cause it couldn't walk after that Bells see ! Too drunk to walk !

  • zaks2217 - 2012-09-25 06:58

    Sick! I have no words for these people. The sad thing is there is nothing we can do. We must leave it in the hands of our corrupt legal system and hope that justice will be served.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-09-25 07:08

    Nothing surprises me anymore . . .

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-25 07:09

    They know a lot about making children but little about rearing them properly!

      clivegoss - 2012-09-25 07:21

      "and we had fun fun fun till her daddy took the T bird away".

      luvo.luvos - 2012-09-25 07:43

      Hey bozo can't you just write this incident off as one of those weird happenings instead of wiping the entire race off. In Mexico a 3 year old was playing in traffic with his toy bike. Are you then gonna accuse all Mexicans of being dumb. Oh I forgot you come from God chosen race

  • clivegoss - 2012-09-25 07:17

    Welcome to Limpopo ! ! Now go home .

  • mathapogladys.ketle - 2012-09-25 07:17

    Ga-mothiba near Nobody...

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-25 07:20

    Only one word applies....heartless,brain dead SAVAGES!

  • themba.mahlaba - 2012-09-25 07:35

    Shame the poor baby,have a useless parents

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-09-25 07:43

    Give the mother to the dogs.

  • sadiemy - 2012-09-25 07:50

    Definitely older than 5 months. Babies only start sitting at six months if they are very advanced. My grandchild has been ahead of all the usual milestones and only started crawling at 8 months

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-25 07:54

    What are these things?

  • normboolalor.scizaar - 2012-09-25 07:57

    This irresponsible mother deserves nothing but jail sentence.

  • rapitsi - 2012-09-25 08:30

    Bloody RAPIST! Cut his balls.

  • jacyjays.letsoalo - 2012-09-25 09:12

    If the father of the baby doesn't want the baby please give me that baby! Some people play with the gift of life, may God forgive her and show her her mistakes

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-09-25 09:12

    is this my HOOD??? moving to kwa-mashu

  • kobus.oelofse.3 - 2012-09-25 09:19

    This mother didnt know that it costs R2500 pm for a baby (highly doubt she even has R500 on her), excluding doctor visits etc etc it could be more now with prices that gone up ... luckily i am married but not having kids now because i have a conscious and we will have kids when we are READY. maybe the government needs to bring in a law like the chinese does ... i think this is seriously needed .

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-09-25 09:37

    couldnt you write a seperate story about that rapist dude? not link these two stories with a 'meanwhile'

  • lelanie.prinsloo - 2012-09-25 09:41

    @Billy.Bunter.... U obviously dont have your own kids by making such a stupid remark as saying a baby crawling at 5 months is a world first...... Kids can crawl at 5 months and yes i know this for a fact as my son did it as well.

  • hosia.modiga - 2012-09-25 09:51

    My heart weeps reading this kind of stories!!!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-09-25 10:00

    The inherent habits of too much democracy and freedom.Babies in dusbins, pitlatrins and roads.who are we and where are we heading.

  • nthete.moalosi - 2012-09-25 16:19

    This country is very depressing,der is no positive news coming out only negatives,hw abt sumone report sumtng positive.

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