Women hire out babies

PRETORIA - Female asylum seekers from Zimbabwe have now resorted to hiring out their babies at Marabastard Refugee Reception Centre in Pretoria to desperate women seeking to acquire refugee status. The South African Home Affairs department has a deliberate policy to serve women with children first.

“Per day I generate a minimum revenue of about R800. I wake up early every morning and come to Marabastard where most of my clients are. I charge R100 for a woman to carry my baby and get served,”said Chipo Chidavaenzi, a Zimbabwe economic refugee. She added: “Women need to be served quickly, and we hire out our babies. But very soon the market will be flooded because more and more women are coming to create competition for us.” Another woman, identified as Margaret Sadombo of Chinhoyi, said she has been in the business of hiring out her nine-month-old twin sisters since they were five months old. “When we came up with this viable project some three months ago, there were only myself and Chipo. “Now the number has increased to around eight.” South Africa Home Affairs Director-General for Refugees, Busisiwe Mkhwebane-Tshehla, could not be reached for comment by the time of going to press, but an official fro Home Affairs, who requested anonymity, said very soon they would catch up with the culprits. – CAJ News

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