Sisters in court over illegal abortions

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The Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court.

The Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court.

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The Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court.

The Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court.

PORT ELIZABETH - Two sisters accused of performing unlawful abortions and disposing of 25 foetuses are expected back in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

A registered nurse, Lulama Cabela, and her alleged receptionist, Babalwa Cabela, were arrested in February 2016 and are facing 25 counts of concealment of birth.

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The investigating officer’s affidavit revealed how he had obtained a search warrant and visited a clinic in central Port Elizabeth where he discovered frozen foetuses in red packets packed to the brim in a freezer.

“I went into the office and opened a chest freezer, I opened red packets which contained frozen foetuses. I also confiscated medicine, equipment and documentation used for abortions,” the affidavit read.

Police discovered several foetuses packed into a deep freezer, 25 of the bodies were fully formed.

The charge sheet indicated that Lulama Cabela was employed as a registered nurse at a facility which provided pre-natal and post-natal care to mother and child.

The State alleges that the nurse used the facility and her home to perform abortions on pregnant women from the 13-week gestation period onwards.