Adoption ad placed on Gumtree

A 24-year-old woman has turned to the internet in a bid to find suitable parents for her unborn baby.

A 24-year-old woman has turned to the internet in a bid to find suitable parents for her unborn baby.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Children's Act prohibits parents from putting their children up for adoption on any form of media, the Western Cape Social Development Department said on Monday.

Eyewitness News stumbled across a Gumtree advert of a pregnant Kuilsriver woman, who wants to give up her baby for adoption at birth, due to financial reasons and school commitments.

The 24-year-old woman is currently two months pregnant.

The advert received at least 50 visits so far.

Eyewitness News could not get hold of the expecting mother.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said the advert was illegal.

"If she wants to give the baby up for adoption, she'll have to go to the Department of Social Development. She will not be paid for giving the child up for adoption. The Adoption Act however does make provisions for reasonable medical expenses pertaining to the pregnancy if you follow the proper channels."