A couple who sold their baby for R500 was convicted in the High Court in Pretoria of child neglect, common assault and failure to register a child.
Wayne, 36, and Justine Loubser, 32, from Booysens, sold the boy to a cart vendor, who was working with police.
The couple had initially asked for help with milk and nappies and the vendor assisted them before they both tried to sell the baby to her, first for R2500 but then reduced to R500.
North Gauteng regional spokesperson for the director of public prosecutions Lumka Mahanjana said the wife, Justine, was further found guilty of human trafficking.
The couple had the baby in April 2020, but did not register the child at the Department of Home Affairs with the intention of selling the baby and for the baby not to be traced back to them, the court heard.
They also fed the baby Cool Aid while the father ate the baby formula.
“It was put on record in court that the couple made the baby drink cool aid while the father ate the baby formula. The court also heard that the couple repeatedly assaulted the baby a number of times on different occasions,” said Mahanjana.
“The mother would take the baby to her workplace at a pub while the father would drop the child off at the cart vendor while intoxicated. A doctor who examined the baby testified in court that on 6 November 2020, she completed a J88-medical form which stated that the baby had bruises that were five days old on the head, chest and right arm and had a rash on his buttocks.”
The matter was postponed to February 1 for sentencing.