South Africans have witnessed chaotic scenes over the past week but the video footage of a baby being thrown from a burning building in Durban is heartbreaking.
The video, which made international headlines as it was shared by BBC, show the baby being caught by a woman as people are trying to escape the burning building in Durban. It is at this moment that she throws the baby off the edge where he was safely caught by the crowd below.
[WATCH] A baby nearly died in the burning City Life building in Durban. I hope our President @CyrilRamaphosa sees these videos. This needs to stop urgently. #looting #JubJub #Indians #Mihlali #Durban #duduzilezuma #sandton #SouthAfricaIsBurning pic.twitter.com/wDE7Wn4VfY
— advovo (@advovolicious) July 13, 2021
This particular incident comes after violent and destructive behaviour which has wreaked havoc in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. As reported, the 15-month imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma for contempt of court is what sparked the violent protest in these two provinces.
According to SA People, the little girl dubbed as the ” National bundle of joy ” was then reunited with her mother as others tried to make their way off the burning building.
Meanwhile, over 500 people including two police officers have been arrested in Gauteng following looting action.
[OVERNIGHT] Gauteng Acting @SAPoliceService Commissioner Mj General Tommy Mthombeni says over 500 people have been arrested in the province for looting, including two police officers in Ekurhuleni. #ProtectSouthAfrica #ProtectSA pic.twitter.com/GaL2VmpmkS
— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) July 14, 2021