South African Father Throws Baby From Roof In Protest Of Demolition

The man drops the toddler

It was reported by the Daily Mail that other protesters were heard egging him on by chanting: "Throw, throw, throw".

The unnamed man was involved in a stand-off with police after getting onto the roof of his shack and holding his daughter over the edge to stop the structure from being demolished.

Half-a-dozen police officers had gathered on the ground below the home in an attempt to talk the man down.

However, before the police officer could grab the father, the baby was hurled into the air.

"Fortunately, a member of Metro Police caught the girl and the father was arrested", they wrote.

The incident occurred amid protests against the demolition of dozens of shacks built illegally on municipal land at the Joe Slovo township in Kwadwesi, near Port Elizabeth on South Africa's eastern cape coast, according to The Herald.

Thankfully, she was caught by the policemen below and was not injured.

Over 150 protesters began rioting, throwing bricks and closing off roads in protest of the destruction of their village.

Just as the situation was being brought under control, the man clambered onto a roof with his small child and threatened to throw her off if the demolition of his home was not stopped immediately. "SAPS and Metro Police were deployed to ensure the safety of the Metro Team doing the demolishing". "Due to the risky threat to the safety of the child, police set out a plan to rescue the girl and to arrest the male", they wrote in their statement.

The one-year-old child was confirmed safe and the father arrested on a charge of attempted murder.

Captain Beetge said the baby has been handed back to the 35-year-old mother and their case is being overseen by local social services to ensure the child is in a place of safety.

The Motherwell Cluster Commander Major General Dawie Rabie praised the police actions.

The father responded by punching him in the face twice and knocking him out.

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