It is now legal to leave your baby at official government safe houses and police stations.
“We hope that children will not be dumped but they will instead be brought to safe places,” said Wilhencia Uiras, permanent secretary of the gender equality ministry.
The government hopes this will incentivise women to carry their babies to full term. If they then opt not to want the child, government will take responsibility for the child.
In South Africa, abortions are legal. However, it is illegal to abandon a child and perpetrators can be charged with attempted murder.