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Case against nurse accused of performing illegal abortions postponed to July

MAY 5, 2017
Case against nurse accused of performing illegal abortions postponed to July

A Port Elizabeth registered nurse, Lulama Cabela, and her alleged receptionist, Babalwa Cabela, who are accused of performing more than 25 illegal abortions and disposing of the foetuses, will again appear before the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on the 5th of July.

The duo briefly appeared before the court on Friday where the case was again postponed to allow for further investigations.

Their R5 000 bail was extended with no opposition from the State, which previously cited that their case falls under the Schedule 1 offences.

The women were arrested in February 2016 following a crackdown into illegal abortions in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Port Elizabeth discovered foetuses in a deep freezer - 25 of them reportedly fully formed, when they raided the premises from which the two were operating from. Thus, the duo face around 25 counts of concealment of birth.

The raid followed a police investigation after complaints from a local hospital, which had dealt with complications arising from the illegal abortions.

Cabela is alleged to have used her place of work as well as her home to perform the illegal abortions.