Another baby found dead in Mamelodi

Mamelodi police arrive at the crime scene. Photo Supplied.

Another dead baby has been found dumped in Mamelodi East next to Balebogeng Primary School.

A passerby came across the child last Thursday and alerted the police.

Police were still to comment on speculation that the baby wrapped in a paper bag had died on the scene.

Mamelodi East police spokesperson Captain Michael Mbewe confirmed the discovery.

“A case of concealment of birth has been opened and the police are investigating.”

Last Wednesday, a day before this discovery, twin baby boys were found dead at an illegal dumpsite by a man looking for scrap metal.

The Mamelodi West police were investigating a case of concealment of birth

Angry residents said the community needed to come together to put an end to babies being dumped.

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The police appealed to residents to come forward with any information that could lead to arrests.

The residents said they were shocked by this kind of cruelty towards newborn babies.

Some claimed they saw a woman and a man in a black car at the dumpsite a day before the dead twins were found.

They said acts like these could not continue as this had been the sixth dead baby found at the same dumpsite this year.

“Police must patrol the area night and day and stop and search any suspicious person wandering around.”

Resident Dimakatso Ngobeni said it was heartbreaking to see babies killed or “thrown away” all over Mamelodi.

“These two children were innocent and did not deserve to be left to die or killed at a dumpsite,” said Ngobeni.

Leah Sebolaisha of Mamelodi West said: “What is the community doing about this? People must find out about any recent pregnancies and what may have happened to the babies. The person who did this should rot in jail.”

Mamelodi West police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso was not available to confirm how far the concealment investigation regarding the twins had gone.

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Anastasia Mosetlha, a local social worker, expressed concern over the growing number of foetuses found in and around Mamelodi.

She advised women who found themselves in a difficult situation regarding their pregnancy, or do not want to take care of the baby, to go to social workers for help.

“My door is always open,” she said.

Mosetlha said some of the young mothers felt under pressure because the father of the baby did not want to get involved.

“We would like to encourage the fathers to support their girlfriends during their pregnancy period,” she said.

“We also offer counselling for women who do not want to take care of their children, counselling for rape cases and other cases.”

She said there were many safe places for children to be placed for adoption in and around Pretoria.

People with information on the dead babies found in Mamelodi could call 08600 10111.

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Stephen Selaluke
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