DA: Survey needed on unwanted babies

2011-07-13 14:06

Johannesburg - A survey is needed on why so many women give birth to unwanted babies, the DA said on Wednesday after the release of the number of abandoned babies in Gauteng.

The survey should also establish what could best be done to prevent this, said Democratic Alliance MPL Hendrika Kruger.

"It would be best to try and prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place, rather than this epidemic of abandoned babies," she said.

Replying to a DA question, community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko recently said 138 abandoned babies were found alive and 115 dead in Gauteng in 2010.

In the latest incident, a newborn baby girl was found alive in the open veld in Soweto on Tuesday.

Kruger said the number of dead abandoned babies was probably far higher as child abandonment cases were often not opened.

"At the Pretoria North municipal dump, for instance, dead babies are found virtually every week but are not reported to the police because it is very time-consuming to do so," she said.

  • ANC-FTL - 2011-07-13 14:14

    What is wrong with some South Africans? Are you people not embarrassed because I am.

      Krush - 2011-07-13 14:20

      Rape and poverty. People should be sterilized after having one child unless you can indicate that you are able to financially support more children. Unfortunately there are certain cultures that holds no value to human life.

      LBS - 2011-07-13 14:47

      Why don't these woman just get STERILISED??

      jowza - 2011-07-13 15:07

      krush.if the israelis stop producing,they wont need more land

      Ke maketse - 2011-07-13 15:42

      @LBS. You cannot access sterilization if you are an illegal immigrant.

  • Mad man - 2011-07-13 14:20

    Fools, poverty is the reason due to 350 yrs of mismanagement, please shut up

      Krush - 2011-07-13 14:22

      There was a lot more poverty before the 350 years, which once again, let me point out to you, are only 46 years. This is what happens when for 350 years people keep on having children they are unable to support financially.

      Marcell - 2011-07-13 14:29

      Again the white man is blamed for the troop's behaviour. Keep it up.

      TheUgly - 2011-07-13 14:33

      350 years is more than enough time to adapt. That's about 16 generations! What do you think the problem might be?

      Airborne68 - 2011-07-13 14:43

      Does poverty cause you to mate perpetually, Mad man?

      majordad.007 - 2011-07-13 14:49

      Practice may make perfect...., sipho, florence and..... Get real with responsibilities and follow others who made a decision to have 1 child and provide the most for that child. Education, food, love etc. Welcome to the 21st century

      navarac - 2011-07-13 15:14

      While your nomenclature is usually appropriate, occasionally you can be set on the right path by a reasonable explanation. a) Experimentation among young people is normal (Hey, even among white youth!) b) Young people drive and copulate believing that "it will never happen to me". c) Parents often do not know what their children are doing. d) Parents neglect to inform their children about adolescence and sex. I could go on ... but what the hell, it won't make much diference!

      Lab-Rat - 2011-07-13 15:32

      Correction, it's only been mismanaged for 17 years.

      Neil - 2011-07-13 16:10

      @Madman: And that is why you still breed like rats even when the government supply condoms.

      Liberty - 2011-07-14 02:26

      Poverty is no excuse to breed like a rabbit. In fact any sane person will realize that if you can't afford to have children use a condom or use contraceptives. You don't even need any money to get those the government supplies them for free.

  • TheUgly - 2011-07-13 14:22

    The lower the intelligence of a person the lower the resistance to primal instincts are like eating, fighting, intercourse, etc. There is nothing you can do to prevent this since it's part of the human instinct. A simpleton will thus have sex because he/she wants to. If there is no protection, no problem. Because he/she wants to. Campaign all you want you can't change human nature.

      Krush - 2011-07-13 14:47

      True. That is why the average IQ in south africa is 72. Unfortunately intelligence is slowly becoming extinct. So much for evolution.

      majordad.007 - 2011-07-13 14:50

      Many years ago there was a chap called Maslow

  • Pixie1984 - 2011-07-13 14:23

    "A survey is needed on why so many women give birth to unwanted babies". Stop asking for survey's and sew their flipping thighs shut. If you want to do adult things, accept the responsibility that follows and raise the child like an adult.

      Ke maketse - 2011-07-13 15:44

      And what about those women who are crossing illegal into SA and the get raped by gangs at the borders?

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-13 14:25

    Disgusting!!! There's free condoms use them. There are couples out there who want kids so badly but can't conceive. Then bastards like these abandoned babies like it's nothing. I hope one day when they actually really want a baby, they fail to conceive.

      pansyshell - 2011-07-14 10:50

      Your comments are very harsh and begs a retort. Have you ever had a day in your life when you really , and i mean really, do not know how you are going to find food. I challenge you to give up your comforts in your home, go and live in a cold and miserable shelter and have two kids crying for food hanging on your skirts, then try and stop the drunken live in boyfriend from beating you before he basically forces himself on you, and then when you are pregnant, I dare you to really want the child! I challenge you to take the day off at the risk of loosing your job to then walk to the clinic, sit in a queue till 2pm to receive your contraception clandestinely , so that your boyfriend doesn't know about it, and trudge back home again. If you really have been amongst people in this dire real and common situation, and have any empathy for them, you would rethink your harsh words. I don't condone what they have done, but until life is better for all, these women/kids who are in these situations sometimes don't know and don't understand the options.

  • Skyward - 2011-07-13 14:40

    how much more education is needed in SA with regards to safe sex, condoms, AIDS and HIV?? And if you find yourself pregnant, and not wanting the child - there are families wanting to adopt. Dont punish the baby for your mistakes!

      radarblip - 2011-07-13 17:39

      while i agree with you about putting babies up for adoption, i think sometimes that, looking at the state in which alot of people live, those kids actually dodged a bullet by dying. its horrible to say and think, but that child might end up growing up in a township and being raped, abused, and subjected to a life of abject poverty because that is probably where the mother came from.

  • MC2010 - 2011-07-13 14:48

    The problem is simple - The people of SA has rights, but no obligation. Just as hey have the right to have life without the obligation to protect the life of another and the right to strike without the obligation to do this peacefully, they have the right to engage in whatever sextual act they please without the obligation to care for the resulting children.

  • jock - 2011-07-13 14:54

    They had unprotected sex thinking they would not fall pregnant.It is the same with aids,have unprotected sex and get aids

      Marcell - 2011-07-13 15:08

      Eish They shower didn't work.

  • hannelie gerber - 2011-07-13 14:56

    why the waste of mine, and many other tax payers' money again to do a survey that most of us can answer for free?????? Those things don't give a F*^#%, if they get pregnant, get STD's or even HIV/Aids....their government will help them. It's got noting to do with poverty or education, it's in the nature of these things to just do what ever the hell it is they please without considering the consequences of their actions.

      mamakalami - 2011-07-13 16:16

      hannelie - and you think Malema's side-kick has a foul mouth...

  • 2c - 2011-07-13 15:01

    Dear Zille, they have unwanted babies because at birth they register for a R250 grant. Then they abandon the babies and collect pocket money for jolling. Some keep the babies and give them to their parents and grannies to look after and still collect the pocket money to go and jol. R500 is a lot of pocket money. I read the Drum sometimes and you will get a few answers in the agony column.

  • Hardegat - 2011-07-13 15:04

    Maybe they think Angelina Jolie will come and pay money to adopt their child.

  • Berius - 2011-07-13 15:04

    Only dumping their babies? Surprised with the way this country is run, that these freaks aren't eating their kids.

  • Talitha Taljaard - 2011-07-13 15:39

    If they did a survey, I bet they would find out 90% of the mothers who gave birth to these unwanted babies were babies themselves. And I wonder how many of these pregnancies were caused by rape? I shudder to think! This is a symptom of a bigger problem. - 2011-07-13 16:52

      I bet you the survey will show that 100% of those mothers were once babies themseves.........!!!!!

  • Garreth - 2011-07-13 15:52

    Simple, Keep your legs closed and your tools in your pants till u are married!

  • michaelp1 - 2011-07-13 15:55

    NO Survey required, It's called A GRANT!! In our are we have instances of 13 year old girls who are claiming the grant paid to their mothers and than having babies of their own. Can you imagine what kind of a generation we have to look forward to. Julius will be delighted though!! More uneducated moron's to vote for him!!

  • Hantie Jansen van Vuuren - 2011-07-13 15:58

    Maybe the youth league has a point when they say girls should be forced to use the pill. As long as they realise the pill won't stop AIDS...

      Liberty - 2011-07-14 02:35

      Yes and they have enough people to go to the homes of each girl in SA every day to ensure that they take their pills. Idiots

  • michaelp1 - 2011-07-13 15:58

    On this page there is a photograph of a malnourished child. Unless we change the path we are on - THAT IS WHERE WE ARE HEADED. COSATU must take the blame for unemployment. Yes Mr Vavi -YOU!!

  • Lab-Rat - 2011-07-13 15:58

    Why do we need a survey, isn't it mostly about receiving grants?

  • tennilleg - 2011-07-13 16:27

    @Maketse - 3-4% of south africa's population is made up of illegal immigrants, so you can hardly place the blame squarely on them. It appears to be a local culture to start popping out kids as soon as you are biologically able to and it only serves to suppress the progress, upliftment and advancement of african women and the children they OFTEN have to raise without any assistance from the men who helped to make them.

  • Vince.York - 2011-07-13 17:21

    South African FATHERS stand tall and proud in the world in light of these findings?

  • lance ANCY - 2011-07-13 18:56

    DA only need to interview De Lille on this issue!!

  • Foreigner - 2011-07-13 19:21

    Because there are too many "feral humans" around...

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-07-14 08:40

    mass sterilisation

  • Hugh - 2011-07-14 10:22

    Note that there are dead babies found on rubbish dump every week. Why all the excuses and finger pointing at the so called 350 years of misrule and imposed poverty? Is this an admission that this is an acceptable practice in Africa. Is this just another excuse because some cannot take responsibility for their actions? Are we being told that to abandon a baby is right because of the past? Are some not telling the world yet again that some sections of the population are incapable of rational thought and caring? Like wanton murder a normal genetically stable person does not just walk away from a crying baby without a thought. A normal person would feel deep set guilt and pain. Sorry but with all the facilities available today there are no excuses. If found the law should be such that they are sterilised without option.

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