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Father throws Baby Daughter off Roof during Protest with Police in South Africa & she Survives



A heart-wrenching moment ensued yesterday when a one-year-old toddler was tossed by father from the roof of a shack in Kwadwesi near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

According to the South African Police Service (SAPS), the incident took place during a demolition operation by the Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality of alleged illegal shacks in the Joe Slovo West area of Kwadwesi. Luckily, the baby was caught unharmed by other police officers who were waiting on ground.

The police service reported this on their facebook page:

 Today police rescued the life of a one-year-old toddler after the father of the child threw her from the roof of a shack structure during a demolition process conducted by the Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality.

This followed after a demolition operation started at 09:30 in the Joe Slovo West area in Kwadwesi. SAPS and Metro Police were deployed to ensure the safety of the Metro Team doing the demolishing.

At about 10:40, a 38-year-old man, climbed onto the roof of one of the structures and held his one year old girl in his hands. This he done to force the team not to demolish the structure. Due to the dangerous threat to the safety of the child, police set out a plan of rescue of the girl and to arrest the male.
By 11:45, after SAPS and Metro Police surrounded the structure and having a member of the SAPS attempt to talk the man(father) down from the roof for a few minutes, the rescue attempt ensued. As the man was grabbed by police, he threw his child off the roof. Fortunately, a member of Metro Police caught the girl and the father was arrested.

The 38-year-old father will be charged for attempted murder of his daughter. The case will be investigated by the Motherwell Cluster Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit. The child will be handed back to her 35-year-old mother while Social Work Services will oversee and give assistance.

By 13:00, the operation was finalised after a total of about 90 structures were demolished. During the day, various incidences happened up to 15:00 where a group of about 150 residents attempted to block the R75 (Uitenhage Road) by burning tyres and rubble. SAPS and Metro Police deployed along this route ensured that the road was opened again and safe for traffic flow.

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie applauded police members for the safe rescue of the child and added “It is shocking that a father would attempt to sacrifice his own child for the sake of delaying the demolishing of an illegal shack structure. He will be facing the full result of the Law against his actions.”

Photo Credit: Facebook | South Africa Police Service


  1. Physio Tinu

    April 14, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Some people are not fit to be parents sha. Which kain man be this?
    The expression don’t throw the baby and the bath water comes to mind.

  2. Memebaby

    April 14, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Priorities sir. So stupid.

  3. omo ajorosun

    April 14, 2018 at 11:37 am

    It’s funny how the municipal government is trying to twist this story for sensationalism. This is the story of a man who is frustrated and at his wits end. His home was about to be demolished, he obviously wasn’t thinking straight when he threw his child off the roof of their soon to be gone home. If he wanted her dead, he didn’t need to wait for police officers to show up. It’s bad enough that he has lost his home; to go to jail for attempted mother of his child is horrible and a lot to live with. The government should be explaining what they are doing about affordable housing for all. Poverty, hunger and anger are friends and they push people into doing the unimaginable.

    If you have ever been to Soweto, eastern cape, down town jo’burg, the huge gap between the rich and the poor is so glaring, It’s shocking.

    The huge class gap without a supportive social welfare system is a dangerous trend. Africa is sitting on a time bomb and very soon, even the wealth of the rich won’t be able to save them.

    • Weezy

      April 14, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      There is no excuse for throwing a baby off a roof. None whatsoever. Poverty does NOT cause someone to kill their daughter. Our great grandparents in the village that were poor, they did not kill our parents. Did they have two heads? Those women you see hawking on the streets of Lagos in the hot sun somehow manage to not endanger their own children.

      If he could not provide for the safety and wellbeing of the child, he should have used a condom. Every human being has free will – he chose to use his for a despicable act. Are you seeing that photo above? Don’t be surprised if the baby dislocated a limb by being flung in the air and caught from several feet below. That is child abuse.

      I hope they throw him under the jail for the rest of his life. Basically, f*** him.

  4. Temi Tope

    April 14, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    My God. I hope they jail him for 10 years… Oh poor little gal!! thank god she survived..

    But my question is: WHERE IS THE MAMA???

  5. Letty

    April 15, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    But for God’s grace I’m still surprised there isn’t anarchy especially in Nigeria where the disparity btw the rich and poor is mindboggling. Grinding poverty juxtaposed to immense wealth, flagrantly splashed and displayed in magazines, tv and social media
    At some point something has to give…

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