VHEMBE: It is reported that she gave birth to the toilet at a local clinic named Kunjani.
A 30-year-old woman allegedly beat her newborn baby to death at Malamulele in Vhembe District. It is reported that she gave birth to the toilet at a local clinic named Kunjani.
It was reported that the woman has been arrested after killing the newborn baby. Having given birth, it is supposed that the mother proceeded to assault the newborn baby who later succumbed to injuries.
Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) spokesperson, Mr Javu Baloyi said that “the commission will be informed in order to understand the conditions that could have led to such a fearful occurrence.”
“It is aware that a variety of terrible personal conditions often play a critical role in events of this nature, including possible lack of adequate social and emotional support service for the perpetrators of such violence.”
“Nonetheless, the brutal assault and killing of a newly born and defenceless baby by a mother is not only shocking but also reprehensive and unjustifiable. It is unfortunate that this case is just one among many more in a huge number of cases of violence directed at children in South Africa,” said Mr Baloyi.
He further said it is only appropriate to encourage South Africans in their families, local communities and within the country as a whole to take stock of the violent nature of the country, and therefore seek ways to deal with its underlying social, economic, emotional and psychological causes.
“More importantly though, greater education and knowledge around sexual and reproduction health including family support and other relevant services could have played an important role to obviate the infanticide that occurred in this instance,” he said.
Baloyi added that while the Commission expects that the law will take its course in what has so tragically happened in Malamulele, “they also encourage that local social support and welfare services, including appropriate information relating to sexual health and reproductive care services are made available and within reach by all those who need them, to avoid incidents of this nature recurring in local communities across the country, as is so often the case.”
Limpopo Health spokesperson, Mr Neil Shikwambana, says mental evaluations are being conducted on her.
“The Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba has expressed sadness and also outrage at this incident and she has called on community members to remember that there are other legal options that they can follow instead of killing or throwing away their children.
“They can enquire about the termination of pregnancy at all our facilities they will be referred accordingly or give the baby away for adoption. So the MEC has also called upon men to support their partners during pregnancy,” adds Mr Shikwambana.
The woman, who is under police guard at a hospital, will face a charge of murder when she appears before the Malamulele Magistrate’s Court.
Police Spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, has confirmed her arrest.