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Abandoned foetus found in Bonteheuwel
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Bonteheuwel ward councillor, Angus McKenzie, is appealing to would-be mothers who feel they can’t afford to raise their unborn child to instead come forward and request help and not resort to dumping their child after birth.

This follows after a foetus was found in a trauma bathroom at Vanguard Day Hospital in Bonteheuwel on Monday 27 July. 

“Every single life is valuable. While I note that there could be many personal reasons as to why would-be mothers resort to dumping their infants, the reality is that people can speak up and request help.

“We need to create a space for people who find themselves in these situations to come forward,” said McKenzie.

According to provincial police spokesperson Mihlali Majikela, the mother is aged between 20 and 25.

“Bishop Lavis police are seeking the assistance of the public in locating the whereabouts of a young mother wanted in connection with concealment of birth.

“It is alleged that on Monday 27 July, at about 06:45, she visited a day hospital located in Candlewood Street, Bonteheuwel complaining of abdominal pains.

“The patient visited a bathroom for some time and left the building afterwards.

“Later that morning, a foetus was found by personnel members inside the trauma bathroom.

“The suspect is unknown at this stage. She is short in height with short black hair.

“At the time of the incident, she was wearing beige/brown shorts with long socks and trainers,” said Majikela.

Anyone with information can contact the investigating officer WO Rochelle Van Schalkwyk on 082 312 7221 or WO Joseph Swartbooi on 082 302 8437.

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