Courtesy of Adam Wakefield and Naledi Shange, News24

Johannesburg - One of the women who found an abandoned baby dumped under a bridge in Silumaview in Katlehong believes it was God's plan that led them to be in the right place at the right time.

Community workers Duduzile Buthelezi and Nandi Mtshali were with an elderly resident on Monday around 10:00 when the elderly woman heard the baby's cries.

"The old lady was the first one to see it. We were passing there. The baby was lying under the bridge," Buthelezi told News24.

"She was so confused [the elderly lady], and we could not pass. We had to help this child. We took it from there."

The elderly woman and the community workers, who work with orphaned and vulnerable children and the elderly as part of their activities, took the baby to the Khumalo Clinic.

"The baby was not well, not in a good condition. We suspected he might have had jaundice. He wasn't wearing anything," Buthelezi said.

After going to the clinic and getting a referral letter there for the police, the baby was taken to the house of Buthelezi and Mtshali's manager, where clothes were arranged for the child.

"We bathed and fed him. After that, we went to the police station, and when we arrived they took the matter seriously. They organised an ambulance and we went to Vosloorus Hospital where the baby is being cared for," Buthelezi said.

They went back to the hospital early in the evening to make sure the baby was doing all right.

"It was just God's plan that we must pass there," Buthelezi said.

On Monday, police spokesperson Captain Mega Ndobe said the search for the baby's mother was under way.

"A child abandonment case will be opened for investigation," he said.

Courtesy of Adam Wakefield and Naledi Shange, News24

Posted by Cecile Venter – 2015-09-01

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