Body of newborn found at City’s waste management facility

Subcontractors for the City of Cape Town’s waste management facility in Kraaifontein discovered the body of a newborn baby girl at a dump site near Joostenbergvlakte.

Jay-Jay van Rooyen, the manager at the facility, said staff sorting garbage at the tip in Sandringham Road on Monday October 28 lifted a black bag and the body of a newborn baby – with its umbilical cord still attached – had tumbled out.

“They were so astonished, and no one wanted to go near the baby. They called me, and I called the police, but we were told it is already dead,” he said.

It looked like the baby had been dumped no more than a day or two earlier, he said.

Kraaifontein Community Police Forum chairman Mawethu Sila said the mother should have called the police or the CPF if she was unable to take care of the baby.

Police spokesman Siyabulela Malo said a case of concealment of birth is being investigated.

He encouraged anyone with information to contact Kraaifontein police at 021 988 5558.