Police advise for couples

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…use family planning to avoid unplanned pregnancies and murdering new-born babies

Limpho Sello

POLICE have expressed concern over the escalation of cases of the murder and concealment of new-born infants, saying these criminal offences can be addressed by the adoption of family planning methods to avoid unwanted   pregnancies.

Police Spokesperson, Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli, said the police were gravely worried by the rise in the number of cases in which new-born children were either dumped or murdered by their parents. He attributed the rise in the crimes to the practice of engaging in unsafe sex which led to unplanned pregnancies.

Supt Mopeli therefore advised couples, particularly women to plan their families by taking contraceptives to avoid resorting to crime in the event of unplanned pregnancies.

“We strongly advise women to take measures to plan their families by using contraceptives rather than opting to dumping the babies after they are born,” Superintendent Mopeli said.

“How do you throw a child away? You just have to bear the consequences of your previous actions. Using contraceptives is not a criminal offence and you can never get into any trouble for using them but killing or dumping a child is a crime.

“Some of the women are forced to have families when they are not ready to do so,” Supt Mopeli said.

The police’s concerns follows incidents in June this year where new-born children were killed by their parents.

Supt Mopeli cited the case of a Thaba-Tseka couple, ’Matšepo Tlali and her husband, Tlali Tlali, who were recently sentenced to a year in prison without an option of a fine.

’Matšepo self-delivered her baby and strangled her to death shortly afterwards. Her husband then took the corpse to a nearby village where he threw it into a toilet.

“In another case, 32-year-old ’Mamoratuoa Rapita of Mokhotlong appeared before the magistrate court on 28 June 2018 and was found guilty of concealing the birth of her child and strangling it.

“She remains in custody after failing to pay the M8 000 fine that she was given,” Supt Mopeli said.

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