It took a rapid rescue exercise to save the baby that was dumped at a junction to die.

Eyewitness account has it that the baby was found abandoned inside a black refuse bag in the veld on the corner of Nuweveld and Tafelberg avenues in Carters Glen during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Neighbours said they were more than happy to adopt and assist the “miracle” baby.

“We do not know of anyone who was expecting a baby who is living in the same area.”

A gardener who is employed at one of the houses, Reuben Ndlovu, discovered the baby after he heard faint cries coming from the garden rubble.

“I saw a black refuse bag and at first I thought it could be a puppy. I opened the bag and, to my surprise, it was a baby wrapped in a blanket. The black bag was not knotted closed so that the baby could still breathe. I don’t know how long the baby was left there. I have five children and six grandchildren. It makes me wonder why the baby was just left there.”

A neighbour, Mornay Bindeman, cleaned the baby and kept him warm until paramedics and emergency services arrived.