Mother of stormwater drain baby back in court

Emergency workers worked furiously for hours to rescue a new-born baby after a resident heard cries from a storm water drain.
Emergency workers worked furiously for hours to rescue a new-born baby after a resident heard cries from a storm water drain.
Image: Jackie Clausen

The case against a Durban woman accused of dumping her newborn baby down a stormwater drain is set to resume at the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The 32-year-old, who may not be photographed or filmed due to the sensitive nature of the case, has been charged with attempted murder following the dramatic four-hour rescue of her baby in February.

She was arrested a week after the baby, named "Sibanisethu" (Our ray of hope) by the Newlands East community, made international headlines when she was plucked from a drain in Newlands East by paramedics.

The woman was previously granted bail of R5,000.

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