WATCH | I couldn’t leave her behind: mom on throwing baby to safety
The video has become a symbol of the plight Durban faced this week. Here’s the terrifying story behind it
A two-year-old girl survived unharmed after her mother threw her to safety as they escaped a burning high-rise building in Durban during protests.
The mother, 26-year-old Naledi Manyoni, said she had been on the 16th floor when the fire started on Tuesday. She ran down the stairs with her daughter.
Manyoni made her way to a ledge above the street and tossed the toddler to a group of people below as bystanders cried out in consternation.
“After throwing her, I held my head in shock, but they caught her,” Manyoni recalled outside the building as her daughter sat on her shoulders. “She kept saying: ‘Mama you threw me down there.’ She was scared.
“What was important was for my daughter to be out of that situation ... I couldn’t escape alone and leave her behind,” she said as the girl, dressed in a red coat and hood, babbled and clapped her hands.