Each of the baby boys and girls, who had been abandoned, had a sad tale to tell. Some were abandoned at the hospitals after birth, while others were simply left on the streets.
A few were left at baby bins outside the gates of organisations and others in parks in and around the city. One little girl was left in the veld after being born. The court was also told about twins who were left on the streets of Joburg soon after birth. They have severe cerebral palsy.
But good news for the children is that Home Affairs has agreed to register the 33 South African children who were on the brink of not being considered as a national by any state.
The children had been on a waiting list for 18 months to get birth certificates. In that time, Home Affairs said it had a policy allowing only two children to be registered by social workers each month. This in turn caused a backlog for the babies, whose futures hung in the balance until Lawyers for Human Rights and Abba Specialist Adoption Services presented their plight to the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria.