A media statement South African Police Service issued on Wednesdayreported that a “17-month-abandoned baby boy” was found by police. According to reports on Tuesday, the police received a complaint of child that was abandoned at Coller road in Steenberg. Upon arrival, officers were informed by the owner of the house that a lady came to the house and asked for a glass of water. The owner went to get the water while the lady stood in front of the door carrying a baby. When the owner returned with the glass of water, the mother was gone.
March 12 th, 2015
A baby boy wearing a white top was covered with a towel on the floor. Next to the boy was a plastic bag with a milk bottle and a clinic card. According to the clinic card, baby ArodiKasanji resides at The Beaches, Chad Road, Retreat. The baby is currently at a place of safety.
Another childe abandonment case made headlines when an 18-year-old mom dumped her 2-year-old son last Monday at the Cape Town shopping centre in Philippi East. The little boy was spotted by a Shoprite worker who rushed the child to police.The young mom, whose baby was found wandering around alone, handed herself over to police Tuesday, a week after the child had been abandoned. She told police in a statement that she could not take care of the child any more. Her neighbours claimed she was an ‘orphan’, “living with other women of her age in a shack.” She was charged with child abandonment and appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Causes of child abandonment
There are many contributing factors that lead to child abandonment, including social and cultural factors such as women who often have difficulty bonding with infants conceived though violence or a child with special needs, such as HIV or physical or mental disabilities. On top of this, poverty has taken a particularly heavy toll on young South African women. A report released on 20 May, 2014 states that: ‘…government doesn’t provide annual statistics on child abandonment in South Africabut most child protection organisations believe the numbers have increased significantly over the past decade”. Among the 18.5 million children in SA, 4.5 million are orphans living with neither of their parents.
Adoption made easy
According to Social Development Minister,Bathabile Olive Dlamini, government has allocated R162 million for women’s and children’s shelters for 2013/2014, aiming to keep families together. The adoption process was also made easier and quickersince she became the minister of social development.
Door of Hope
Door of Hope, located in Johannesburg and founded by Baptist Cheryl Allen, provides medical and emotional care for neglected and malnourished infants. Beyond caring for the most vulnerable members of society, Door of Hope also teaches the gospel to these little ones. The group cares for babies until they are adopted. Since its founding, the number of babies taken in has more than quadrupled.
"I wanted the best for them, not for me…"
Ms. Coetzee, a former prostitute who is now 40 years old, gave her first child to a friend at age 19because she was unable to care for the infant. A few years later, she fell pregnant with twins but decided to abandon them at the hospital. Two years later, she became an alcoholic when the father of her fourth child was killed in an alcohol-related car crash. She left their child in the care of her boyfriend’s elderly mother. She arrived at aJohannesburg shelter five years ago and has since been able to overcome her addiction to alcohol. Unlike herself, her four children have all attended high school. On the way to visit them in Cape Town, she said:"I wanted the best for them, not for me.”
Police are appealing to the members of the community who have information that can assist in finding the mother to kindly contact Detective Sergeant Heinrich Witbooi on 021 702 9000 or Crime stop on 08600 10111.”
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