PRESS STATEMENT BY
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP CONCERNED OVER BABY ABDUCTIONS

Durban: January 12, 2005

The IFP expresses grave concern over the recent abductions of babies from hospitals across KwaZulu-Natal.

While the police's Child Protection Unit was investigating the abduction of a one-day-old baby at Port Shepstone Hospital on Saturday 8 January 2005, six-week-old Avela Mthethwa was abducted from St Mary's Hospital in Mariannhill just three days later.

"The IFP appeals to mothers, fellow patients, hospital staff, local communities and authorities for vigilance," said Lindiwe Mbuyazi, IFP MPP who holds the party's women's portfolio.

Mrs Mbuyazi also said:

"A baby is the most precious gift a woman can receive from God. Bringing it into this world requires inner strength and perseverance. Losing it to an abductor can bring about a life-long trauma and suffering to both parents."

"Parents, hospital staff and the public of KwaZulu-Natal must all work together to protect our future by protecting the most vulnerable creatures in our hospitals and communities."

Contact:
Lindiwe Mbuyazi
073 431 9888