Don't dump your babies, pleads MEC

Albert Fritz has appealed to desperate mothers to seek the province's help.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz has appealed to young women to seek the province's help.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says desperate mothers who cannot look after their children should seek the province's help.

The call comes after the body of a new-born baby girl was found dumped in a bush in Delft over the weekend.

A passer-by found the little girl wrapped in a blanket near the Tsunami informal settlement.

In March, a new-born baby was found alive covered in maggots close to the same area. In another incident, a newborn was found in a fridge in Johannesburg earlier this month.

The baby was found alive in a residential yard with its umbilical cord still attached.

Fritz says mothers should not resort to abandoning their babies.

"There is an alternative; give the child to us. We will find an appropriate parent for the child, but don't dump the child in this winter, in this cold."

Fritz made a similar plea exactly a year ago, after a four-month-old baby was found outside a toilet in the Thembalethu informal settlement outside George.