Fifty-one of these babies were left at the Thelle Mogoerane Hospital in Vosloorus.

It has emerged that at least 145 babies were abandoned in Gauteng last year.

The staggering number was confirmed by Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi in a written reply to a question in the Gauteng legislature.

Fifty-one of these babies were left at the Thelle Mogoerane Hospital in Vosloorus.

The MEC said that many socio-economic factors played a role in the decision to abandon an infant.

She said that often the mother was a teenager, and in many cases there was no support from the father.

Mokgethi said that mental illness and substance abuse also played a part in the phenomenon.

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