Cape Town magistrate delivers baby in court

2012-10-23 12:24

Cape Town - A Cape Town magistrate found herself delivering a baby rather than a judgment in court, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

Acting senior Magistrate Pearl Andrews was on her way to a prosecutor's office at the Wynberg court on Monday when an interpreter told her a woman was in labour.

She followed security guards to the toilet to assist the woman in labour, Koliswa Thwala.

When she got there, she borrowed a cleaner's rubber gloves and delivered the baby.

According to the report, Thwala and her baby boy were taken to the Retreat Maternity Hospital.

  • july.nhlapo - 2012-10-23 12:53

    Ubuntu. Maybe the magistrate is a Jehovah's Witness... meek of the earth, earthly paradise material.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-23 13:03


      nosizolwethu.dube - 2012-10-23 13:09


      JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-23 13:15

      Talk about wishful thinking! is it because you have few of good ones in your religion that everyone who does good must be from you guys?

      nikondaniel - 2012-10-23 13:29

      @July.nhlapo Did you eat your own turd for breakfeast?

  • giancarlo.groenewald - 2012-10-23 12:56

    GJ... but what is with people lately? Recently a baby was born on a flight to SA now a baby get delivered in a Court house bathroom next we will get a baby that is born in a Submarine! lol congrats anyways that baby boy will be a fighter in a courtroom.

      kaapse.snaai - 2012-10-23 13:05


      JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-23 13:16

      Mangaung conference? I am sure that is most likely! I wonder who will deliever the baby, perhaps the president? - 2012-10-23 13:21

      Don't forget the baby that a british soldier delivered on the battlefront in afghanistan!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-23 14:12

      @giancarlo.groenewald:)how about a baby born at the restaurant, do you think he/she will be a born chef if not a waiter?

      olivia.kgatla - 2012-10-23 16:45

      This babies must be given appropriate names: The one born on the plane must be named 'Sefofane Manka' The one born in court must be named Kantolo

  • susanna.smit.7 - 2012-10-23 13:04

    Give that magistrate a Bells! Congratulations to Thwala!

  • fhumulani - 2012-10-23 13:09

    Give that Magistrate a Bell's

      alain.d.thomas - 2012-10-23 13:54

      LOL maybe not, she might drive into somebodies wall... Well done

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-10-23 13:11

    I wonder if she used her gavel as anesthetics on the woman? Did she sentence the unborn baby to life?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-23 14:05

      Don't worry Derpy, some people just don't get it ;-)

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-23 14:06

      brilliant dry sense of humour. I am dying of laughing my lungs out. Keep them coming, I can't wait for more. The suspense is killing me.

      alain.d.thomas - 2012-10-23 14:59

      LOL nice one

  • ibogainesa - 2012-10-23 13:14

    They should name the baby Emma ...(Bucket in afrikaans) Cleaners rubber gloves were used to deliver the baby !!!! Wonderful.

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-23 13:18

    I always read headlines here, and after reading this one I thought the magistrate was pregnant and she had a baby in court. but reading the story its a different thing altogether. the magistrate actually helped a woman in labour, and not in court but the toilets! Congrats to the family and bravo to the magistrate, SA needs more people like you! and news 24 can we get our headlines straight please!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-23 14:02

      @Jabu.R15: I always attracts a lot of thumbs down here when I highlight ambiguous headlines. You too have already suffered the same.

  • ngobeni.herald - 2012-10-23 13:24

    koliswa thwala jst name yr son magistrate or glove n congratulation 2gavebirth in court may god bless dat boy

  • foreignem - 2012-10-23 13:37

    Well done Mag! What evades my imagination is what could be the cuase of media's signling out and identification of children's mothers most of the time and not ALSO the fathers. I read daily newspapers on a regular basis and notice stories of children with different ailments possing with their mothers in the pictures. When children do well in schools, sports etc, both parents will usually be depicted as proud parents. It either men are hiding from publicity becuase they are too private a people or they are cuncubining with the kid's female parent and therefore afraid to let know their wives. I prefer to be my kids' father in and out, in success and failure, in healthy life and in ailing health, alongside my beau.

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-10-23 13:38

    Give her a Bell's - then again she needs to be as sober as a judge :'-)

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-23 13:57

      Be careful what you wish for Thanduxolo we do not want another Justice Motata here swearing like a sailor in court. Out law is rich in Latin, so she will be swearing in tongues so to speak. Ha ha haaaaa!

      sueallan.mehl - 2012-10-24 12:58

      LOL!!! Great sayings!!!

  • sueallan.mehl - 2012-10-24 12:57

    Hats off to that magistrate:).

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