Neglectful mother due in court

A Diepsloot woman is facing charges of murder and child neglect after her baby boy was found dead.

FILE: Angry Diepsloot residents vent their frustrations over the murder of cousins Zandile and Yonalisa Mali. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The mother of a seven-month-old boy who was found dead in Diepsloot at the weekend is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court this morning.

The 23-year-old woman was arrested in Randburg on Tuesday night.

She had been on the run since the discovery of her son's body.

Police found the woman at a tavern in Randburg where she was drinking with a friend.

A Diepsloot resident tipped officers off on her whereabouts via SMS.

The infant's body was discovered by community members during the early hours of Sunday morning after being left alone by his mother overnight.

The child was allegedly attacked by rats.

Police say the woman is facing charges of murder and child neglect.

Several child-related crimes have been reported in the northern Johannesburg township in recent months.

In October, the bodies of Diepsloot cousins Zandile and Yonalisa Mali were found dumped inside a communal toilet.

A day later, a newborn baby was dumped in a local stream in Diepsloot Ext 6.

Also in October, a mother told police her three-year-old daughter may have been raped while in the care of her father and uncle.

In October and again early in November, Diepsloot residents took to the streets, outraged by the number of crimes there.

Special attention will be placed on Diepsloot during the 16 days of activism against women and child abuse which runs from 25 November until 10 December.