AN undercover operation by Metro Police led to the arrest of two foreign nationals who were nabbed for running an illegal abortion clinic in the City Centre. On Friday (26/04/2013), police also arrested a South African woman believed to be assisting the Ugandan men in running the illegal abortion clinic situated in the West Walk building on Dr. Pixley kaSeme (West) Street.
 
Senior Manager in the Safer Cities and iTrump Unit, Hoosen Moolla, said the operation was part of a campaign which began after illegal abortion posters were found around the City.
The campaign, which began two years ago, plans to deal with the challenge of backstreet abortions which includes the removal of misleading posters and pamphlets that are littered throughout the City.
 
The two Ugandans were found with Schedule 4 drugs that are used to induce labour and normally only available on prescription.
Unknown medication was also found which police will send to a laboratory for testing.
Medical instruments, including syringes, were also seized during the operation as well as counterfeit money and a bank statement stating that the accused have R191 000 in a bank account.
 
“They are facing a charge of unlawful possession of illegal narcotics. The one Ugandan man is out on bail for impersonation a legal doctor. They could face more criminal charges in terms of the Medical Practitioners Act,” Moolla said.
He said foetuses are commonly found in public toilets and there were a number of bogus doctors operating in Durban. The police acted after receiving a tip-off from a reliable source.
 
“We need to make sure that we remove bogus doctors. A number of young girls are going to them and it costs up to R2 000 to do the procedure. They distribute pamphlets with contact numbers. When a person phones, they first meeting happens in the City to confirm if you are pregnant before going to the surgery,” Moolla said.
 
He vowed that the campaign and operations with other law enforcement agencies would continue until there are no illegal abortion clinics left in the City. The batch number on the medication found will be traced back to where it was issued from. They were expected to appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court today.
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality's Communications Unit. Contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820/ 0827317456 or email:thabo.mofokeng@durban.gov.za or Silindile Maluleka on 031 311 4811/073 332 639 or email: silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za