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Hundreds of foetuses, newborns dumped in South Africa every year

Friday November 05, 2010 05:38:38 PM, DPA

Johannesburg: Hundreds of foetuses and dead newborns are being dumped in the Johannesburg and Pretoria area each year, a South African radio station reported Friday.

Johannesburg's private 702 radio station quoted a report by the South African Medical Research Council and the Pretoria-based University of South Africa as saying at least 446 bodies of foetuses and babies under one years of age were turning up in drains, gutters and rubbish bins in Gauteng province.

At least part of the problem was thought to stem from the proliferation of illegal abortion clinics.

Many do not have proper systems for disposing of foetuses.

The statistics also included some newborn babies.

Dumping of newborns is a well-documented problem in the country.

The South African media regularly carries stories of desperate, often hard-up teenagers and young women disposing of their babies in toilets following unplanned pregnancies.

Gauteng, where Johannesburg and Pretoria are situated, is South Africa's most populous province.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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