The rate of child abandoned to die at refuse sites is on the increase.
Some discourteous mothers would rather dump their babies than take them to the welfare homes.
According to report, this particular baby was found abandoned inside a black refuse bag in the veld on the corner of Nuweveld and Tafelberg avenues in Carters Glen during the early hours of Saturday morning.
Neighbours said they were more than happy to adopt and assist the “miracle” baby.
“We do not know of anyone who was expecting a baby who is living in the same area.”
A gardener who is employed at one of the houses, Reuben Ndlovu, discovered the baby after he heard faint cries coming from the garden rubble.
“I saw a black refuse bag and at first I thought it could be a puppy. I opened the bag and, to my surprise, it was a baby wrapped in a blanket. The black bag was not knotted closed so that the baby could still breathe. I don’t know how long the baby was left there. I have five children and six grandchildren. It makes me wonder why the baby was just left there.”
A neighbour, Mornay Bindeman, cleaned the baby and kept him warm until paramedics and emergency services arrived.
“If Reuben had not rescued the baby, I doubt if he would have survived. I thought that I was dreaming when my husband called me to come outside after they found the baby.