Two dead babies found in Free State
The bodies of two babies have been found in separate places in the northern Free State, police say.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Malebo Khosana said a municipal worker at the Mamahabane sewerage dam in Ventersburg found a baby’s body in a pipe.
The discovery was made when the worker was unblocking the pipe on Wednesday at 8am. The police and paramedics were alerted and it was established it was a three-month-old stillborn baby boy.
The Ventersburg police were investigating a case of concealment of birth.
Also on Wednesday, police were called to the Phumlani graveyard at Thabong, where the body of another baby was found.
Police said a man from a nearby farm was apparently looking for a plastic bag to collect morogo — a type of spinach.
The man picked up a plastic bag stuck into a bush. It contained a baby wrapped in paper. Paramedics concluded the baby probably died after birth.
The bodies were taken to local government mortuaries.
Thabong police opened a case of concealment of birth. No arrests had been made in either case.