The growing rate at which young pregnant South African women get involved in illegal drugs business across the borders is of great concern to the Social Development Department. The motive behind pregnant women trafficking drugs is to make it easier to slip through the borders unnoticed.
A three-year-old boy was received by Minister Bathabile Dlamini yesterday after he had been repatriated from Mozambique. The little boy spent his first three years living in a prison where his mother is incarcerated for drug trafficking.
According to the records the department has, there are 14 other South African women who have found themselves in the same situation as his mother in this prison alone.
Investigations carried out by the department reveals that there is at least one other child stuck at the same prison with his mother.
Over the last ten years, the department has overseen the repatriation of 18 children Spokesperson Lumka Oliphant says.
She added that the department is collaborating with the police on the matter and has reported the trend of pregnant women trafficking drugs.
“Every year we have to repatriate children from women who are pregnant. It means that they’re targeting pregnant women.”
Oliphant says the department will not just hand the boy over, but will continue to monitor the three-year-old from the time he landed in Johannesburg yesterday evening, to ensure he receives a good life.
“The boy was born to a South African mother in a Mozambique prison and is not accustomed to life outside of prison so he will need good care,” Conny Nxumalo, Deputy Director General of Welfare Services for the National Department of Social Development said.
The mother of the three-year-old requested that the boy be placed under the care of her extended family living in the Free State since the Mozambican law forbids children to stay in prison with their incarcerated mothers.
The department posted a video on its Facebook page, showing the child’s grandfather express his happiness that the child could finally have a normal life.
“I feel so proud. What has happened feels like a dream to me,” he said, adding that they had been trying hard to get the child to return home.
The idea of pregnant women trafficking drugs is not pleasing to the ears as they condemn the child to untold hardship when they are caught.