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Dept monitoring adoption ads

2013-04-24 07:52

Johannesburg - The department of social development has appointed officials to monitor classified advertising websites, after an unborn baby was offered for adoption at a price on Gumtree, the Star reported on Wednesday.

The advert was posted on 17 April, allegedly by a 24-year-old pregnant woman from Kuils River in Cape Town.

The advertiser described herself as a "beautiful black woman" and asked anyone interested in adopting the baby to call a cellphone number.

By 19:00 on Monday, 88 people had viewed the page. However, on Tuesday it appeared the advert had been removed.

The Western Cape social development department had unsuccessfully tried to identify the advertiser.
MEC Albert Fritz equated the advertisement to child trafficking.

He said he had since tasked a team with monitoring websites like Gumtree for the illegal sale or adoption of children.

"We have been trying to contact the number given online, but have not been able to. It appears the advert has been removed from the website.

"The Children's Act prohibits advertising the adoption of babies and children," he said.

Fritz said the Adoption Act did provide for compensation for reasonable medical expenses during pregnancy, but this had to be done through the proper channels.

"A woman can't be paid for giving the child [up] for adoption. The process has to be done through our department.

"The other shocking element was that [the advert] said people must contact [the number] for a price, which is worrying to us," Fritz said.

Captain FC van Wyk said the advert had not been reported to the police.

Comments
  • Bongane Ralph - 2013-04-24 08:04

    it's illegaly so 2 sell a baby by simple postin advert all over de websites,unless Dept. of Soc Development knws about dis. Dat kind of a parent should b chargd if identified.

      Toni Krige McQuillen - 2013-04-24 08:41

      It is worrying to think that a life has a price, and such a young one. What is this world coming to

      JJ_D - 2013-04-24 08:59

      Excuse my ignorance but do you have to pay the department to adopt the baby? Seems like the same thing...and while I acknowledge it shout be done properly, it's better than her dumping the baby, etc

      Heinrich Spreeth - 2013-04-24 11:41

      Even though the grammar and spelling in your post makes me vomit a little in my mouth ,I do agree with you. You can get the pill basically for free at any clinic ,adding common sense and a condom goes a long way. I have very little patience for Excuses!

  • Daardie Wetter - 2013-04-24 08:09

    Give these people a proper education and these type of things will happen less and less.

  • rory - 2013-04-24 08:28

    Gum tree wouldn't allow me to place an advert to sell kittens. How was this ad approved?

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-04-24 08:40

    Thank goodness, in some places officialdom is working. Wouldn't it be nice if this was how things were done everywhere?.

      Toni Tresadern - 2013-04-24 08:46

      Believe me Jacqui, I have daily dealings with the Department of Social Development Western Cape and they cannot monitor their own social workers, let alone Gumtree ads. Their PC's (the few that there are) are antiquated and I don't how many people even have access to the internet. The staff are still running around with little brown folders! They are fond of making statements like this one but actually do nothing in the end!

  • Linda Horsfield - 2013-04-24 08:47

    Its illegal to put a child up for adoption in return for payment..... yet the government pays women to fall pregnant, give birth, register the baby for a child grant so that they will get paid the for next 18 years - and then dump the child into a toilet pit!

  • Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-04-24 08:57

    Here goes human trafficking on a large scale. Wait until international crime syndicates come into the scene. Now instead of getting pregnant in order to qualify for child support grants, now you can sell the baby for some serious money. Also bear the scary thought of the fact that now a peadiophile can buy a victim. Ban this before it gets out of hand!

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-04-24 09:30

    Please steralise her after she has given birth.

  • ARTFUL DODGER. - 2013-04-24 09:35

    this woman is a degenerate!!!!

  • Leigh-anne Baaliah - 2013-06-18 11:59

    Shocking isnt it? Not to me! I would rather pay a mother for her child than pay the so called adoption agencies between R5000 and R100 000 per child. Thats what u call human trafficking disguised as costs. Social development is supposed to be a free service but its department of chaos. Instead they rather appoint a task team to investigate their incompitent staff. On three occasions i went there to adopt and was told i must bring the baby i want to adopt then they will help us adopt! Halooo how stupid are you? If i could have a child i wouldnt adopt, thats why i came to the department in the first place. So to come back to the point must i buy a baby to bring to the depatment for youll to facilitate the adoption? You lot are useless!

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