DAWN KZN urges whole of society approach following abandoned baby incident

Issued by Remona Mckenzie – DAWN KZN Chairperson
26 Jun 2024 in Press Statements

The body of a new-born baby girl, found dumped in Tea Estate, has once again raised alarm around the well-being of new mothers and babies in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The Democratic Alliance Womens Network (DAWN) in KZN is advocating for greater awareness and a “whole of society approach” around this matter.

While circumstances surrounding the incident are not clear, it is imperative that the root of this issue is investigated. All relevant role players, including social services, law enforcement, and others, must be involved in addressing the problem comprehensively.

DAWN KZN strongly urges women who may find themselves in a position where they are unable to take care of their new-borns to make use of child-safe facilities, which take in babies for nurturing. We also call on the Department of Social Development to increase its support for NGOs which offer child-safe facilities as these NGOs are best equipped to deal with incidents of child abandonment

Now, more than ever, there needs to be increased education and awareness around programs that can assist mothers and families in understanding the avenues available to struggling new mothers. We urge our community to be vigilant and supportive, and to spread the word about these avenues. Together, we can prevent such tragedies and ensure that every child is given a chance at life.

More information on available baby care facilities and support services can be acquired by contacting the local Health Department or Social services.

Let us come together as a community to support those in need and protect our children.