South Africa Illegal Abortion Case Postponed by City High Court

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 15, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 15, 2006

Durban, South Africa ( — A case against an abortion practitioner and his staff who performed numerous illegal abortions and botched many of them has been put off by the city’s high court to May 16, according to news reports.

The case involves Vikash Nundlall, the director of the Rose clinic, and three of his staff members, Anastasia Msweli, Vineshree Reddy and Renell Dania.

They face more than 23,000 charges in connection with more than 1,400 illegal abortions. There were nearly 20 abortion and regulatory laws broken in almost each case of an illegal abortion being performed.

The abortions were not caught until an 18 year-old girl went to the center who was 28 weeks pregnant.

"She was only given tablets. Unfortunately, the baby was born alive but died several hours later," senior Durban prosecutor Val Melis said, according to a report in the Sunday Times newspaper.

The pro-life group Doctors for Life told the paper it was glad government officials were enforcing the law against an abortion practitioner who took advantage of women.

"These illegal abortions have been going on for a long time. For the first time these matters have been investigated," group representative John Smyth said.