Mom’s midnight birth on the streets of Joburg – with a little help from the cops

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Officer Rose Sithole assisting new mom Flora Manuel. (PHOTO: SAPS)
Officer Rose Sithole assisting new mom Flora Manuel. (PHOTO: SAPS)

Lying on a hard pavement in the middle of the night in the Johannesburg CBD was the last place Flora Manuel had expected to be having her baby.

Flora (29) has two children, daughters Ireen (6) and Hamida (11), who live with her family in her home country of Malawi, and she thought she knew all there was to know about bringing a new life into the world.

Her hospital bag was packed and ready and she always had her antenatal clinic card close by. But babies often don’t obey rules . . .

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