New­born’s body found near school

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

A DOG was found car­ry­ing the corpse of a baby girl into the yard of a home in the Unathi Mkefa res­i­den­tial area at 8am last Thurs­day.

Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme (EPWP) worker Feziwe Mfut­wana said a neigh­bour had seen the dog with the in­fant in its jaws and had called EPWP work­ers who were nearby, for help.

Mfut­wana said at the time of their ar­rival the po­lice of­fi­cers were al­ready on the scene.

“When we saw the baby, we were shocked. It had been bit­ten on the right shoul­der and leg. It is clear that the child was car­ried for nine months be­cause it was well de­vel­oped and big. I do not know what would cause a per­son to com­mit such an act – whether it is poverty or car­ry­ing a man’s baby who they do not know. This is the third in­ci­dent in Ez­i­be­leni. “About two weeks ago a baby was found with a pair of scis­sors next to it and last month another was found alive at the tip site.”

ANC Women’s League gen­der-based vi­o­lence co­or­di­na­tor in the Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity area Bulelwa Mgi­jima, said the dog re­turned to a fur­row near the Unathi Mkefa Pri­mary School where a plas­tic bag was found. It ap­peared that the baby and pla­centa had been wrapped in it.

Po­lice spokes­woman Cap­tain Namhla Mdle­leni said a con­ceal­ment of birth case had been opened.

Mdle­leni called on com­mu­nity mem­bers to be con­cerned if preg­nant women re­turned with­out their ba­bies.

She said such cases were dif­fi­cult to solve as DNA from the mother was needed for a match.

Four cases of con­ceal­ment of birth had been re­ported so far this year, she said.

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