“I’m not happy. This has never happened to me. I can’t forget how I cried out to my niece asking if my child was alive.”
Bongile Murudu, who played midwife for her aunt, said she was shocked by the lack of care at the clinic.
She said she never imagined helping someone give birth. After Maseko’s water broke just outside the security office, she had to help. “I could see the head of the baby. And I used my jacket to protect the baby because I didn’t want her to fall on the floor. The baby arrived, I then screamed and called on the nurses to come.
“That’s when they came. They asked me did I touch the baby with my dirty hands. It’s better than the baby falling on the floor and dying. That’s when they took my aunt into the clinic,” said Murudu.
The father of the baby, Thomas Rakhavha, 50, said he was relieved his family was safe and healthy.
“I just want all of this to go away so I can forget it all. It’s not nice. No one wants to feel unimportant like that, it hurts that I could have lost them over this,” said Rakhavha.
He was also “grateful for their lives, that’s all”.