DA wants KZN Social Development to answer for dumped baby

The KwaZulu-Natal Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the province’s Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, for answers after a three-month-old baby girl was allegedly dumped by her mother after she could not get help from social workers. .

The baby was discovered by a passerby next to a stream in Dawncrest, KwaZulu-Natal on Monday October 3 with a note of apology believed to have been written by the mother. The individual then reported the matter to private security, South Africa Response Unit (RUSA).


DA KZN’s spokesperson for social development, Mmabatho Tembe, said the abandonment of another baby is indicative of a broken system and the contents of the letter in which the child’s mother apologize for her actions, stating that she tried to get help but none was forthcoming.

“The Department of Social Development has a responsibility to help citizens in times of need and the mother should have been able to receive help.

“The abandonment of her child is an act of sheer desperation and the DA expects the MEC to launch a full investigation into this incident. If the woman’s claims are proven to be true, there must be serious consequences .

Mmabatho Tembe


As previously reported, Reaction Unit SA is still looking for help in identifying the little girl who was dumped with an apology note.

A bag containing nappies, a bottle of milk and a pacifier would have been placed next to the child. A note in English allegedly written by the mother was also found.

In the note, the mother explained that she had contacted social workers twice, but was disappointed with the system. She added that abortion was not an option as it is no longer safe and hospitals have strict rules.

The writer further requested that authorities be notified of the baby’s whereabouts.

“The little girl was then fed with a bottle of milk. Doctors examined the baby, who was around three months old, and found him to be in good health.

“A criminal case of child abandonment will be registered and response officers will seek help in identifying the child or mother. If anyone can help with identification please contact 086 1234 333 (RUSA ).

Prem Balram

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