Hospital to electronically tag babies

2011-05-10 08:10

Cape Town - A Western Cape public hospital plans to tag babies electronically in its bid to fight baby-snatching, The Cape Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.

If the security measure is implemented, Tygerberg Hospital would become the first public health facility to use the tag.

The device looks like a plaster. It would get automatically activated if the baby is removed from a certain area.

The infrastructure for the plan was expected to be completed next year.

Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont is one of the few private facilities using the tags, and has been using this system for years, according to hospital spokesperson Regan Beukes.

There were several baby-snatching incidents from maternity wards in the country's hospitals in recent years.

  • Gadafi007 - 2011-05-10 08:20

    And who's gonna watch the flippin system when it send off the signal ,Let me guess weak bribe undertakers..

  • Eduard_Khil - 2011-05-10 08:21

    Only in South Africa is it considered normal to electrocute unarmed individuals, this would never happen in Australia

      Krush - 2011-05-10 08:30

      electronic, not electrocute. let me guess, you burnt down your school when you had the chance for education?

      Kurt - 2011-05-10 08:31

      What electrocution are you talking about and what unarmed individual? The last time I looked, ALL newborn babies are unarmed! You obviously saw one word "Electronically" and accepted the worst. Were you born stupid or were you taught?!?!?

      shmangle - 2011-05-10 08:49

      Wrong article numbnuts.

      carla123 - 2011-05-10 09:04

      we so tired of you and your "this will never happen in australia" please just save us all and shut your mouth!!!

      Uno_Beche - 2011-05-10 09:24

      Jesus has also immigreated to Australia....apparently on a two year work visa

      mjvandersandt - 2011-05-10 09:32

      This idiot is just stirring again, he is probably a wannaby Aussie but cannot get in due to IQ problems.

      Will99 - 2011-05-10 09:36

      Ons kan sien jy is n Aussie Eduard, want jy lees soos jou g*t!

      demonsofhate - 2011-05-10 11:08

      F@ck, this oke is stupid!!!

  • Craig - 2011-05-10 08:26

    Thanks for telling us what the device looks the sick people will know what to remove

      AloninSA - 2011-05-10 09:00

      I have a feeling the sick people won't be reading News24, or paying attention to the media in general

      Rob Gunning - 2011-05-10 09:09

      @Craig - Ignorance is bliss

  • Vincent Aubrey Meiring - 2011-05-10 08:30

    Western Cape again leading initiative in South Africa. That's what happens when an intellegent party governs.

      Rob Gunning - 2011-05-10 09:10

      Don't think it has anything to do with politics.

  • kevin - 2011-05-10 08:34

    The device looks like a plaster. It would get automatically activated if the baby is removed from a certain area. This is the stupidest idea I have ever heard. It's like you equip a car with tracker but put a deactivate button on the dashboard. Who came up with this idea?

      Gadafi007 - 2011-05-10 08:37

      GodZille came up with the IDEA Kevin "Viva DA "

      symbiosis1981 - 2011-05-10 09:08

      tell that to a mother whos baby is stolen, I support any initaitive to prevent prevent crime.

      carla123 - 2011-05-10 09:09

      wanna see the ANC ever thinking of something like this even though its a bad idea!!!

  • paulf - 2011-05-10 08:40

    Here comes the Mark of the Beast!!!

      IandI - 2011-05-10 08:43

      David Ike will enjoy this idea. Do te barcodes start with 666?

      Jay - 2011-05-10 08:43


      paulf - 2011-05-10 08:50

      The Devil works in Very Suttle Ways.

      paulf - 2011-05-10 08:53

      As a matter of fact, did you know that a VISA Card is actually 666? VI=6, S=6 and A=6.

      Shadoz - 2011-05-10 08:58

      wahahahaha. Mark of the beast..

      DerpyHooves - 2011-05-10 09:24

      @Iandl and @paulf Just a correction, new evidents suggests that the mark of the beast is 616, not 666

      paulf - 2011-05-10 09:31

      The VISA Card is also interesting when considering the number 666. Within the word VISA, three previous world empires are represented by the number 6. "VI" is the number 6 in the Roman numerals, "S" is the Stigma in the Greek culture whose value is 6, and lastly the "A" in the Babylonian culture is 6. i.e, VISA = 666

  • rico5602 - 2011-05-10 08:43

    well said paulf this is the beggining of the end.

  • Liz - 2011-05-10 09:01

    Beacon Bay Life Hospital in East London already has a system like this in place. An alarm is activated if the baby is given to the wrong Mother and the alarm is activated if someone tries to leave with a baby, the whole ward automatically locks down making it impossible to snatch a baby.

      Shadoz - 2011-05-10 09:11

      You do realize that the Eastern Cape has probably the worst track record when it comes to infants.

  • Liz - 2011-05-10 09:02

    Beacon Bay Life Hospital in East London already has a system like this in place. An alarm is activated if the baby is given to the wrong Mother and the alarm is activated if someone tries to leave with a baby, the whole ward automatically locks down making it impossible to snatch a baby.

  • Vitruvian Man - 2011-05-10 09:16

    They are inducing fear in the population(snatching of babies) and once it overcomes you, they leverage it against you and ultimately you allow them to plant a 'chip' in your baby (possible the mark of the beast). Consider it.

      Vitruvian Man - 2011-05-10 09:19

      This is the time to Believe, not Fear. Those that Believe will be separated from those that Fear.

      paulf - 2011-05-10 09:22

      You right dude, this is a suttle move towards the Chip. Brainwash people and they get used to is till the chip is planted and it will be accepted.

      Vitruvian Man - 2011-05-10 09:24

      @ paulf...guess that's where the term...'baby steps'...comes

      lynda.schenck - 2012-01-10 13:45

      @paulf - Dude it's "subtle". Did you stop your education at grade4?

  • Liz - 2011-05-10 09:23

    @ Shadoz - I am aware that the Eastern Cape Public Hospitals have had horrific track records with regards to should be noted though that Beacon Bay Life Hospital is a Private Hospital and is much more advanced compared to State Hospitals in the region. Another point: these babies are tagged with bracelets and not chips like some people seem to think. I honestly think it is a very innovative way of ensuring that Mothers do not nurse the wrong babies and for ensuring that babies cannot be snatched from hospitals.

      Vitruvian Man - 2011-05-10 09:46

      Why is our children even exposed to such tragedy. First, they create a divide between the population(racism, religion, corrupt politics)Then, they place/ensure in the government the most incompetent people to govern a country. Surely as security decays these vulnerabilities start appearing. Then they come with these brilliant plans and save humanity. You have to be blind not to see it coming.

  • Uno_Beche - 2011-05-10 09:23

    They must insert a microchip up the rectums so that we can track them like dogs. For those christian gentleman who may be offended as a result have their foreheads branded with "666" as well

      demonsofhate - 2011-05-10 11:15

      That was the stupidest comment to be posted on News24! Ever!!!

      DerpyHooves - 2011-05-10 16:40

      Wow, what a terrible comment, call me on 083 242 1221, and I'll explain why.

  • Openyourmind - 2011-05-10 09:36

    Just another step towards a totalitarian government controlled by the "new world order" Wake up people, our freedom is being taken away from right under our noses

      lynda.schenck - 2012-01-10 13:47

      PLEASE! SA cant even track whether you have paid your maintenance.... or your speeding fines. It will be DECADES before they can track each person!

  • Liz - 2011-05-10 09:43

    Love the comments about the mark of the beast etc etc - are you people for real????? Nobody is talking about chipping people, the babies are being tagged with an electronic bracelet for goodness sake - how do you jump from that to the mark of the beast???

      paulf - 2011-05-10 10:02

      My dear, please read between the lines. This is the Devil's Suttle Way of making us Accept what is to come!!!

      Vitruvian Man - 2011-05-10 10:51

      It's called the process of inception. If I should give a cave man a automatic gun, he would surely go about killing all around him, maybe even himself. Inception: You give him a bow and arrow and once he mastered aiming, you give him a gun.

  • Hott1 - 2011-05-10 12:33

    666 here we go, and guess who had to implement this, yep DA government. Sign of things to come.

      Blondie - 2011-05-10 13:12

      Please explain how you compare an identification bracelet around a baby's arm to giving someone a gun??? And what the hell the devil has to do with this?????

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