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By Katlego Moeng, Bafana Mahlangu and Lolonga Tali | Jan 04, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

BABY Sibusiso Moyo, the 11-month-old seriously injured during New Year's Eve celebrations in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, is in hospital where she is being treated.

Sibusiso was struck against the head by a brick while being carried on her mother Nomalanga Moyo's back at 1.45am on Friday.

After being stabilised by medics on the scene, she was taken to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where she is recuperating in the high care unit.

Yesterday security guards at the hospital blocked Sowetan's efforts to see the baby or talk to her mother, who was there to visit her baby with relatives.

The guards threatened to arrest Sowetan reporters and photographer, insisting they needed permission even to wait outside to talk to relatives after visiting hour.

They later claimed that they had spirited the relatives to a taxi so that they could not talk to us.

But earlier, provincial health spokesperson Mandla Sidu confirmed that Sibusiso was in the high care unit.

"All I can confirm now is that the baby is in a serious but stable condition," Sidu said.

"She is responding well to treatment."

He said we would not be allowed to visit the child in hospital.

Sibusiso was on her mother's back when a brick thrown from a high-rise building struck her against the head.

Her mother Nomalanga was distraught after the incident.

"I was going from one flat to another with my child strapped to my back when I felt something moist on my back. I later realised that it was blood," Moyo said.

"I wish it had happened to me and not my baby."

Provincial police spokes-person Lungelo Dlamini said: "Of the 20 people injured, three were serious, including the 11-month-old baby. The other two had stab wounds.

"Two drunken driving arrests were made and 10 people were arrested for malicious damage to property."


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