Cases of Newborn Babies Found in Pit Toilets Prompt Police Action in South Africa

Newborn Baby Falls into Pit Toilet in Ga-Matshana Penge

Limpopo Police have initiated a case of concealment of birth after a tragic incident where a newborn baby reportedly slipped into a pit toilet while the mother was using it.


The incident occurred in Ga-Matshana Penge on Tuesday, 25 July.

In response, the Search and Rescue Team and Emergency Services were dispatched to the scene.

They discovered the stillborn baby and successfully retrieved the infant.

The mother, a 28-year-old woman with mental challenges, sought medical attention at a hospital, leading to the police opening the case of concealment of birth.


Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has issued a cautionary message to families, urging them to take care of mentally challenged members and seek professional help for them.

Mother Arrested for Attempted Murder After Dumping Newborn Baby

In another distressing incident in Matangaleni Trust near Mkhuhlu, Mpumalanga, a 23-year-old mother of three has been arrested for attempted murder after allegedly dumping her newborn baby in a pit toilet.

The event took place on 11 April 2023.

According to reports, the pregnant woman, originally from Bushbuckridge, visited her male companion for the first time.

Her companion eagerly made arrangements for the meeting, and they spent time together.


However, during that night, a few minutes before midnight, the woman went to relieve herself and unexpectedly gave birth to a baby boy.

In an attempt to hide the birth, she allegedly dumped the newborn in the pit toilet.

Successful Rescue of the Abandoned Baby

Fortunately, the male companion discovered the distressing situation and immediately called for help.

Police and medical professionals quickly responded to the scene.

They successfully rescued the baby from the pit toilet, and miraculously, the infant was found alive.


The mother was subsequently arrested for attempted murder, and the authorities are now investigating the incident further.


These heartbreaking incidents of newborn babies being abandoned in pit toilets have prompted the South African Police Service (SAPS) to take action.

Both cases involved innocent infants facing life-threatening situations due to the actions of their mothers.

As authorities investigate these incidents and work to ensure justice, it is crucial to raise awareness about mental health support and care for vulnerable individuals to prevent such tragic occurrences in the future.

The safety and well-being of all children must remain a priority for the community and law enforcement agencies alike.



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