The community of Mbuzini, in Mpumalanga, will get a fresh glimpse of the two women accused of trying to kill a baby, when they appear in the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
A 23-year-old suspect and her 32-year-old sister have both been accused of concealment of birth and attempted murder, following their arrests at the Masibulele Trust on Tuesday. The arrests were made after a baby was discovered in a public toilet, not far from the suspect’s home.
The baby had been left for dead in the pit toilet. Police were alerted to the sound of the baby, by passers by.
“A preliminary probe pointed at the two suspects in question, of which the 23-year-old had been pregnant,” said police spokesperson Colonel Mtsholi Bhembe.
“It transpired that the suspect was aided by her sister in giving birth to a baby girl, yesterday morning, which they then tried to get rid of as already mentioned. The pair were then nabbed and taken into custody after the mother had been taken to hospital for checkups,” added Bhembe.
The incident puts under the microscope a growing social problem in South Africa and authorities want young parents to know that there are other options available.
The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma said: “There are social workers who are readily available to receive your unwanted baby and to facilitate adoption processes with couples who are desperate for a child.”