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Foetus found at city dump


A foetus was discovered at the landfill site on the Griekwastad road on Tuesday.

Municipal workers point out where the foetus was found. Picture: Soraya Crowie

A FOETUS was found amongst bags of trash that were off-loaded at the landfill site on the Griekwastad road on Tuesday.

A waste compactor had apparently driven over the foetus before waste pickers saw it and notified Sol Plaatje municipal workers.

Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson Sello Matsie said the driver of the waste compactor was immediately instructed to stop the vehicle after the foetus was spotted.

“The police were informed, as this is a criminal case. It is a very inhumane and horrendous act. We warn the public against discarding of human bodies at the dumping grounds – people must not think that they can hide their crimes at the site. We appeal to members of society to seek help if they have an unwanted pregnancy,” said Matsie.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Dikeledi Gopane said the Kimberley police opened an inquest docket after the foetus was discovered at the landfill site on Tuesday at about 1pm.

“The driver of the caterpillar that was levelling the landfill was notified by a woman who was collecting scraps that a baby’s body had been driven over by the machine. Upon closer inspection, the driver noticed that it was a foetus,” said Gopane.

She added that the gender of the foetus could not be determined at this stage.

“The tracing of the mother is the subject of an investigation.”

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