Cape Town Metro Cop Tasked With Unusual ‘Midwife’ Duty During Protest


Despite the fight for equality even in jobs, we all know there are jobs that females would be preferred for as well as jobs suitable for men only. But how would you feel about having male midwife? A metro cop showcased what he perhaps never knew he was gifted at – helping women deliver their babies.

A Cape Town metro police officer was confronted with a challenge of acting as a midwife on Tuesday morning after an ambulance was blocked from entering Du noon.

The city’s safety and security mayoral committee member, JP Smith, narrated how a Constable whose name is Abdullah Fisher was monitoring a violent protest in Ekuphumleni Road around 07:00 when a resident told him a woman nearby was in labour.

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Many people assume that only women can be midwives, but in fact, the word midwife actually means “with woman”. It refers to the person looking after a woman during pregnancy, labour, birth, and postnatally and Fisher has proved that fact.

With burning tyres littered everywhere by the protesters which made it impossible for an ambulance to enter, Fisher and two colleagues had to walk a distance to the woman’s home.

Upon reaching the 29 year-old woman’s house, Fisher quickly got on blue surgical gloves and helped her deliver a healthy baby boy on the floor of her home.

Having successfully done that, Fisher alongside his colleagues transported her and the little child to her to the N7 so an ambulance could take them to Somerset Hospital.

News24 says armed with shotguns, Constable Philiswa Mayekiso – acting as a translator – and Acting Sergeant Brydon Hoffman accompanied Fisher between the shacks.

Though Fisher declined an interview, Smith said he was “super proud” of the officers.

However, Metro Police has said that the situation in the Du Noon remained volatile this morning. The trouble started over the weekend after a group of people tried to occupy a piece of land near the N7.

The Metro Police’s Wayne le Roux said, “At the moment, the situation is very volatile and we would just like to caution motorists travelling that route to contact us to get an update of what’s happening. There are certain routes that are still closed at this stage. Metro Police and the South African Police Service have created a visible police presence.”

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