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Monday, January 7, 2013

Seeking disability payments, pregnant women drinking heavily to deliberately harm unborn babies

Mothers-to-be in one of South Africa's poorest areas are drinking large amounts of cheap, illegal alcohol to deliberately damage their unborn babies - just so they can claim disability benefit.

State benefits mean 250 South African rand (£20) per child per month for an impoverished family. But disability allowance is a far more lucrative 1200 rand a month (£85).

A rational response to perverse incentives. Last month: Moms Keeping Kids Illiterate to Get More Welfare Money

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