Pregnant woman shot dead by intruders while giving birth

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.

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, according to reports.

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

Shaida Nathan that was killed as she went in labour. Source: CEN/Australscope

One of the men is believed to have been the intended target, local media reported. It is unclear if the shooting was gang related.

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

“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,” a 68-year-old resident said.

The investigation continues.

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

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

Ms Nathan, 32, was shot in the evening of June 21 at a home on Klipbok St, Scottsdene. Pictured is a Google Maps image of the area. Source: Google Maps, file

“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.

Her murder followed the death of Tshegofatso Pule, who was eight months pregnant when she 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.

– Australscope

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