Authorities in South Africa had ordered the destruction of various shacks near a township in Kwadwesi, not far from Port Elizabeth on South Africa's eastern cape coast.
One 38-year-old man got so upset about the planned demolition of his family house that he had taken his six-month-old daughter and dared the police that he would throw her off the roof should they come closer to his construction.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The father throws his one year old baby girl from the roof as municipal officials were to break down his shack in Joe Slovo informal settlement in Port Elizabeth <br><br>What kind of demonic ish is this? Ngenelela Nkosi Guys m shook ☹️ <a href="https://t.co/E5DvVcIgR0">pic.twitter.com/E5DvVcIgR0</a></p>— Nonke Mabizela (@nonkem) <a href="https://twitter.com/nonkem/status/984724077616214016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 13, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Other township protesters can be heard trying to get the father to do it, chanting: 'Throw, throw, throw'.
At first, the man dangles the infant dangerously over the edge by her ankle, before swinging her ever further over the edge as a policeman climbs on the roof.
In the end, the father does throw the daughter off the roof, but luckily she is immediately caught by the half-a-dozen policemen lined up on the ground below, before another officer holds him with a tight grip.
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Police spokesman Mr Andre Beetge: “At about 10.40am a 38-year-old man climbed onto the roof of one of the structures and held a one-year-old girl in his hands.”
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“This was 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 to rescue the little girl and arrest the male and one of our officers successfully caught the girl as she was flung.”
“The 38-year-old father has been charged with the attempted murder of his daughter and the case is being handled by the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit.”