'It's regrettable that mothers dump their babies'

Western Cape social development reiterated that there’s no need for desperate moms to dump their babies.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape social development authorities reiterated on Friday, that there is no need for desperate mothers to abandon their babies.

The comment was in response to the dumping of a 4-month-old boy, found alive this week. The baby was found outside a toilet in Thembalethu township, outside George.

Spokesperson for Albert Fritz, the MEC of social development, Melany Kuhn said the baby was treated for dehydration and exhaustion.

She said it was "deeply regrettable" that mothers resort to drastic measures, by dumping their babies in toilets and or rubbish dumps.

"It's very frustrating because there are avenues, options and NGOs [non-governmental organisations] that render services" to unprepared mothers.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana said she recently signed agreements with several municipalities, to pilot a child friendly model for communities.

The minister said child protection should start in the home and community.

She said the project is aimed at creating a safer environment for children, "where they can live and play safely - free from abuse, exploitation and other environmental hazards."