Law enforcement officer helps deliver baby

SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town - 6 March 2019 - The feet of a 4 month old female girl. Picture: Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)
A law enforcement officer has been praised after she helped deliver a baby on Sunday June 9.

Officer Faldelah Scholtz was on patrol in the Cape Town Central Business District after 8pm when she was alerted to a woman in labour at the corner of Strand and Lower Plein streets.

The 37-year-old woman from Delft had been visiting friends in town, when she started experiencing pain.

Officer Scholtz got her into a patrol vehicle and rushed the woman to Somerset Hospital in Green Point.

When they arrived at the hospital, the officer alerted staff, but the baby refused to wait. Officer Scholtz had to step in and assist in delivering the baby before hospital staff could attend to the matter.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said: “This is not the first time that a City enforcement staff member is called upon to lend assistance of this nature and Officer Scholtz did brilliantly. I commend her for her swift action in getting the mom-to-be to hospital. As a result, both mom and baby are healthy.”