STATEMENT BY SAPS UGU CLUSTER COMMUNICATION:
Detective Sergeant Beatus Cele of the Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual offences Unit (FCS) in Port Shepstone was pleased that his hard work paid off when the accused in his child abandonment case was sentenced to an effective five year prison sentence.
On a wintry day in July 2018, a 30 year old mother left her newborn baby boy in the bushes in Kingfisher Road in Albersville, Port Shepstone. Later that night, a concerned couple heard what sounded like a baby crying and went to investigate. Together with the assistance of a security officer, the baby was found in the bushes of a nearby property and taken to the local hospital. As the investigation proceeded, the Ezinqoleni mother handed herself over to police after which she was charged. Further investigations by Sergeant Cele revealed that the accused had previous charges of attempted murder and child abandonment where she had also dumped a newborn baby on a farm in Paddock in April 2017. However, she was found not guilty for the attempted murder but guilty for child abandonment. She was acquitted in this matter and issued with a warning.
During 2018 the accused appeared several times in the Port Shepstone Magistrates court on the new case of child abandonment and was sentenced in the Port Shepstone Magistrate Court on 4 October to a term of five years imprisonment. This sentence serves to emphasize the seriousness of child abandonment and concealment of birth cases, in the hope that it will deter would mothers from even contemplating such a crime.