By Nompumelelo Magwaza

Pinetown metro police are investigating an abortion clinic suspected of being responsible for a drain blockage after a foetus was found in the drain on Friday.

Metro Superintendent Joyce Khuzwayo said yesterday that a cleaner was called to unblock the drain and found that a foetus had caused the blockage.

She said the blocked drains were in Hill Street in the Pinetown CBD.

"The matter has been forwarded to the SAPS for investigations and an inquest docket has been opened.

"At this stage, we suspect that the foetus was flushed down the drain by the abortion clinic in one of the buildings in Hill Street."

We will be investigating one of the abortion clinics in the area, said Khuzwayo.

She said police were not sure whether the clinic was legal or not and added that this was the third time that a drain had been blocked because of the flushing away of a foetus.

"It happened at least three times last week," she said.

Pinetown SAPS Inspector Solomon Mbele said that while police were not aware of this, another foetus was found near Westmead on Wednesday last week.

Khuzwayo said the number of illegal abortion clinics in Durban had decreased after a metro police operation in the city.

It had been reported that there were many illegal abortion clinics operating, and some of them had moved to Pinetown and Isipingo.