When it's time for that baby to come out, there is no stopping. There is no shame of who is there or choice of where one is.
On Christmas Day, SA Police found themselves playing 'midwives' as they helped deliver a baby of a homeless woman on the street. JMPD spokesman Xolani Fihla told Daily Sun the officers going to Braamfontein after a parade were stopped by a group of homeless people who told them a homeless woman was giving birth on the pavement at the corner of Rissik and De Villiers streets in the Johannesburg CBD.
The four South African Police officers Sibusiso Lembede, Sibongiseni Dlame, Mduzuzi Ncongwane and Sydney Betha rushed to assist the woman and her baby.
It was too late to wait for an ambulance, so the officers did the job themselves. “The baby was delivered on the pavement,” said Fihla. Officers called an ambulance after the child was delivered but after two hours, the baby was turning pale so they took the mum and the baby to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.
Officer Ncongwane said the experience was traumatic for him at first but it worked out fine in the end. Officer Lembede told Daily Sun. “This shows there are cops who go out of their way to help people. “I’m proud of my team. None of them hesitated to help."
The streets of Johannesburg have a lot of homeless people with children both locals and foreigners. Children born in these streets live in dangerous environments and often get sexually abused. We hope the Christmas baby and her mom will be put in safe homes.