The body of a newborn baby was found on Saturday by fishermen angling close to Mnandi beach. 

According to police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi, police are seeking the public’s assistance. 


Anyone with information that can assist with the investigation is urged to call the investigating officer, Detective Constable Jonathan Jacobs on 021 370 1981 or alternatively call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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Five newborns babies and foetuses were found dumped in South Africa in the past six months: 

  • On 18 November 2021, foetus was found, wrapped up in a blood-stained blanket and dumped in a rubbish bin in Durban. 
  • On 12 November 2021, an aborted foetus was discovered in a rubbish bag on College Lane in the Durban Central Business District
  • On 19 September 2021, a newborn baby was found dead in the Blaaupan dam in Bonaero Park, South East Kempton Park
  • On 17 September 2021, the body of a newborn baby was found washed ashore on Brighton Beach in Gqeberha 
  • On 14 September 2021, a newborn foetus wrapped in a rubbish bag was found dumped at the Phoenix taxi rank in Durban


“Abandonment of infants in South Africa is, unfortunately, a common occurrence,” The Door of Hope organisation said.

“Many of these children are left to die, or simply abandoned, in dustbins, open fields, public toilets, or on train tracks.”

The organisation knew that something needed to be done.

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The moment a baby is placed, care workers on duty receive an electronic signal alerting them. The baby is taken in, and the anonymity of the “donor” is ensured.

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