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Police in Kasane have not yet made any arrest in a case in which a foetus was found dead and dumped in a sewage drainage system at Hunters Africa Mall on Sunday. The foetus was reportedly discovered by employees of the Water Utilities Corporation who were on duty unblocking the sewage system in the afternoon.
Kasane Police Acting Station Commander, Assistant Superintendent Othusitse Marape confirmed that after receiving the report, the foetus was then taken to Kasane Primary Hospital for medical assessment where it was certified dead.
Marape revealed that the results of the medical examinations confirmed the foetus was also confirmed to be a boy aged between four to five months.
Police suspect that the incident might have occurred on the 18th March 2023 as the foetus was found fresh, further suspecting that it could have been flushed through a toilet or thrown into the sewage drainage system.
According to the assistant superintendent, the sewage drainage system which the foetus was found in is connected to pipe lines from Plateau area in Kasane therefore they suspect that the mother could be located in Plateau.
Going into the week end Marape revealed that they have not yet made any breakthrough in the case revealing that they are still looking for the offender. He appealed to members of the public assist them with any information that could lead to the arrest of the culprit.
Should the suspect be identified and found guilty, Marape revealed that she could face a jail term of not more than three years, or a fine or both for the offence of concealment of birth. Marape said the shocking incident was first of its kind to occur in their policing area since the beginning of this year.
He has since urged women encouraged women to seek for guidance from different stakeholders when they have challenges instead of taking bad decisions. “The foetus was innocent and could have been given an opportunity to live and enjoy the right to life.”