Pregnant woman, 32, shot dead by intruders while she was giving birth at home

A pregnant woman has been shot dead by intruders while giving birth in her home in South Africa.

Mother-of-three Shaida Nathan, 32, was shot in the evening of June 21 and paramedics were unable to save her or the baby she was delivering at the time.

According to reports, gunmen burst into the victim’s shack on Klipbok Street in Scottsdene in the town of Kraaifontein in the South African state of Western Cape.

Two men accompanying the pregnant woman at the time have been hospitalised after being wounded in the attack.

According to reports, one of the men is believed to have been the intended target. It is unclear if the shooting was gang related.

An unnamed relative of the victim said that the area is a notorious hotspot for crime and that the family could not return to their shacks for the following two days due to other shootings.

One 68-year-old resident said: “Shaida was a mother of three children, one child is in foster care, the other two were with her, but I don’t know where they are now.”

The investigation continues.

On June 13, President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the “surge in murders of women and children” in South Africa.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an explosion in violence against women in South Africa

Ramaphosa said: “It is a dark and shameful week for us as a nation. Criminals have descended to even greater depths of cruelty and callousness.

“We note with disgust that at a time when the country is facing the gravest of threats from the pandemic, violent men are taking advantage of the eased restrictions on movement to attack women and children.

“We need to understand what factors are fuelling this terrible trend and, as society as a whole, address them urgently.”

On June 12, the body of a young woman was found under a tree in Dobsonville in Soweto.

Pregnant woman, 32, shot dead by intruders while she was giving birth at home

Her murder followed the death of eight-months-pregnant Tshegofatso Pule, who was reportedly stabbed and found hanged from a tree in a field in Roodepoort days before.

Several days later, Naledi Phangindawo, 25, was hacked to death by a man with an axe and a knife, according to reports.

Last week, an unnamed 26-year-woman was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend in her home.


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