GRIM: Foetus dumped in Philippi. Picture: Supplied
GRIM: Foetus dumped in Philippi. Picture: Supplied

Foetus flung from car in Cape Town

By Saafia February/Daily Voice Time of article published Sep 13, 2019

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Cape Town - Police have opened an inquest docket after the body of a foetus was found dumped on the corner of Weltevreden and Varkensvlei roads in Philippi late on Tuesday afternoon.

According to a witness, a bakkie had slowed down and an occupant threw out a package.

On closer inspection the woman saw it was a naked baby, with the umbilical cord still attached. The infant was uncovered and already dead.

According to police, the baby was not full-term.

“People usually dumped stuff here on the open field in the road, but it looked suspicious because they looked rushed.

“We went out to inspect and to my dismay it was a baby. I was horrified and called the police,” the distraught woman said.

Emotions

She said police soon arrived and cordoned off the scene. 

“I just had a baby a few weeks ago, so my emotions are still very high. How could someone be so callous as to throw a child away. It is very, very sad.”

Police spokesperson, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, says: “A death inquest case has been opened for investigation following the discovery of a foetus at the corner of Weltevreden and Varkensvlei Road, Philippi.” 

Anyone who can shed light on the incident can call investigation officer Detective Sergeant Xolani Basso at 078 319 6745 or 021 690 1517 or Crime Stop at 0800 10111.

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