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Gqeberha: No bail for mom who sold newborn twins for R50 a day

When the five-day-old twin girls were rescued in Gqeberha, police claim they were dehydrated and severely malnourished

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A 35-year-old mother in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape, who was arrested for selling her newborn twins, will be staying behind bars for a little longer, after the Kariega Magistrate’s Court denied her bail.

The woman, alongside two others, made an appearance in the dock on Thursday, 17 June 2021, on human trafficking charges.

The two co-accused in the matter, which are believed to be a couple, was released on a warning because they could not afford bail. While the mother of the babies was granted no bail because the state could not verify her physical address.

The case was postponed to 26 July for further investigation.

Gqeberha woman sold babies to feed drug habit

Here’s a recap of what happened: The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, arrested all the suspects in the matter, in the beginning of June. According to the Hawks, the woman had sold her five-day-old twin girls to a buyer in Uitenhage.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela said the trio was handcuffed during a joint operation by the Gqeberha Serious Organised Crime Investigation team of the Hawks, Uitenhage Crime Intelligence Gathering (CIG) and members of the Uitenhage South African Police Service (SAPS).

At the time, Mgolodela said they had acted on a tip off and at the time – the mother had already completed the “transaction”.

In addition to trafficking the twin girls, it also appears that the Gqeberha woman hadn’t taken care of them, including providing them with food. The Hawks claim when they were rescued in the operation, they were dehydrated and severely malnourished.

The Hawks further allege that the prospective buyer was expected to pay at least R50 a day to the mother of the twin girls in order for her to satisfy her drug addiction. Added onto that – it has also been alleged that the buyer had intended to apply for a monthly grant for the children at the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) – a portion of which would be paid to the mother.