This is heartbreaking and horrible at the same time! Pregnant South African women are deliberately drinking large quantities of alcohol to harm their unborn babies in a bid to get more welfare money! OMG!
Expectant mothers living in the Eastern Cape, one of the poorest areas in South Africa, are bingeing on a ‘moonshine’ type drink which contains battery acid – with some drinking up to five and six bottles a day. It has been reported they do it to claim a disability benefit from the government – using their disabled children as a source of income.
State benefits mean 250 South African rand (£20) per child per month for an impoverished family. But disability allowance is a far more lucrative 1200 rand a month (£85).
It has led to a spike in the numbers of babies born with disabilities.
Mothers who drink heavily during pregnancy run a far higher risk of giving birth to a child born with what is known as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The condition is usually irreversible and can mean speech problems, physical deformities, learning difficulties and behavioural issues.
More than three-quarters of the children at the Miracle Kids Centre in Helenvale suffer from FASD.