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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

BURNT STILLBORN BABY FOUND IN SOWETO

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY KHOSI MNCEDANE
UDEMWO NATIONAL GENERAL SECRETARY

The United Democratic Movement Women's Organisation (UDEMWO) is dismayed and saddened by a recent report of the horrible death of stillborn baby that was burnt beyond recognition and found in a bin at Kliptown in Soweto, Gauteng.

Apparently this was not the first such horrible abandonment and death of helpless infants. Residents claim that this happens often enough to suggest back street abortions still happens in the area. Aside from the death of the infant, this appalling find is deplorable for the manner in which the baby boy had been burnt.

What does such an inhumane act say about South African mothers and fathers? This pathetic waste of life seems another symptom of the apparent social and moral decline in South Africa. What is of special concern is that our babies and little children bear the brunt of this onslaught of moral decay and the prevailing poor socio-economic circumstances in South Africa's informal settlements.

UDEMWO believes that we need to go back to basics; basic respect for life; back to basic respect for another human being and basic respect for the laws of our country

UDEMWO calls on church leaders, social- and welfare support organisations, NGOs, civil society organisations and every South African to get back to basics and defend the non-derogable right of our children to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation.

Enquiries:
Ms Khosi Mcendane
UDEMWO General Secretary
082-691-6104

Pretoria
17 October 2001

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