South Africa – On Monday, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has condemned the dumping of babies, saying it has become a growing social problem in the country.
The party has made this known in a statement after a baby girl was found and rescued from a drain pipe in Durban.
IFP KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson on Social Development Ncamisile Nkwanyana said: “We are concerned about this tendency of dumping newly-born babies by some women which has almost become a daily occurrence. We appeal to the police to come up with stringent measures to deter would-be offenders. Women need to be responsible and not take actions like throwing away babies who might have had a bright future ahead.”
“Additionally, boys and men ought to be taught ‘to take greater responsibility for their children’, and community protection systems should be strengthened and ‘non-judgmental support’ provided to pregnant women.
“There is no excuse for the dumping and abandoning of babies and children. We urge prospective and new parents to visit any local or regional Department of Social Development (DSD) office closest to them, and seek the services of a social worker.”