Limpopo police have raised concern over the apparent prevalence of cases of newborn babies being thrown into pit toilets and rubbish bins.
This follows numerous reports to the police.
A 32-year-old mentally ill woman was arrested in the Ga-Mahwai village on allegations that after giving birth to a baby boy, she threw the baby into a pit toilet.
“It is alleged that on 14 November, the suspect’s grandmother was frantically alarmed by the baby’s screams inside the pit toilet and immediately notified the police and Emergency Services who reacted swiftly and rescued the infant after which the baby was taken to the hospital but he later passed on,” police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said.
The suspect appeared in the Matlala Periodical Court on a murder charge before the case was postponed to 18 December for further police investigations.
Meanwhile, the police in Magatle, outside Lebowakgomo, have arrested a 24-year-old woman for a similar offence after she allegedly gave birth to a baby boy.
The baby was thrown into a pit toilet in the Ga-Rafiri village.
The suspect is due to appear in the Magatle Periodical Court soon on a charge of attempted murder.
Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nneke Ledwaba has condemned these acts of violence, especially during the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.
“Mothers are supposed to be the nurturers and protectors of children. It is now becoming a regular tendency and members of the community are advised to consult the helping professions for family problems and some are offering these services for free such as the Department of Social Development,” Ledwaba said.