NEWSFLASH: Another foetus found in the west

The foetus was found in Danville on Tuesday. Photo: Supplied

Another foetus has been found in the west of Pretoria.

Police spokesperson Constable Mandlakayise Zwane said the foetus had been dumped in a dustbin in Albertyn Avenue, Danville.

It was discovered around 10:44 on Tuesday, next to Elandspoort high school.

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“A case has been opened at the police station and the police are investigating,” said Zwane.

He said no arrests have been made.

Zwane said dumped foetuses were a growing concern for the police in the west after four were found in less than a month.

“Abortion is legalised in South Africa and it is open to residents for free.”

He urged any pregnant woman who didn’t want to keep the baby to rather give the it up for adoption instead of going for a backstreet abortion.

“It is not only a great health risk but also unlawful,” he said.

“There are many legal ways to go about this safely.”

Danville CPF spokesperson Thesigan Pillay said one of his members had discovered the foetus.

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“It looked as if it was between nine and 11 weeks old, and still in the amniotic sac,” said Pillay.

“Pathology tests will be done [to confirm this] and the police will investigate the case.”

Pillay said the CPF condemned such acts as inhumane and unacceptable.

“We encourage those who are undecided on continued pregnancies to approach local welfare agencies for help.”

The WHO estimated that of the 56 million terminated pregnancies globally each year, on average 22 million were unsafely done.

In a statement the organisation said women, including adolescents, with unwanted pregnancies often resorted to unsafe abortion when they could not access safe methods.

“The major life-threatening complications resulting from unsafe abortion are haemorrhage, infection, and injury to the genital tract and internal organs.”

Anyone with information regarding the discoveries is urged to contact the nearest police or Crime Stop on 086-00-10111.

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