A 40-year-old woman was arrested by members from Acornhoek Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) on 17 October 2023 around 16:30 at Matikwana hospital in Mkhuhlu near Bushbuckridge and is expected to appear at the Mkhuhlu Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 18 October 2023.
The woman left a new baby boy inside a pit toilet on Sunday morning, 15 October 2023 around 10:40 at a certain church in Ronaldsey Trust, Ximhungwe near Bushbuckridge. According to information at police disposal, members of the public heard a cry of a baby inside a pit toilet.
They then alerted the authorities and dug behind the pit toilet and managed to rescue the child whose umbilical cord was still attached to him. He was then taken to hospital for treatment meanwhile police opened a case of child neglect.
The incident has been strongly condemned by the management of the SAPS in Mpumalanga and members of the public are urged to make use of services from Social Workers, Faith-Based-Organisations and other structures in the community rather than to take bad decisions.