Mothers continue to dump newborns

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz has urged desperate mothers to seek help.

Baby Hope is lucky to be alive after being dumped in Eerste River. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says despite efforts to curb baby dumping the prevalence remains high.

Fritz expressed concern after yet another baby was found in an open field in the province.

This week a baby was found in a plastic bag in an open field in Eerste River.

It is the fourth incident recorded this year alone.

Fritz says desperate mothers do not have to put their babies in danger by dumping them and leaving them to die.

"We are angry as a department. We've always maintained people can go to our nearest facilities to hand in babies or to any other government building."

Fritz adds younger mothers were the culprits.

"We will make our services far more accessible and approachable to youngsters."

Meanwhile, the baby who was abandoned in Eerste River is in a stable condition in hospital.

She was found in a Shoprite plastic bag with her umbilical cord still attached.

Doctors have described her as a true survivor.