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Why I threw my baby to strangers – South African mother explains

Baby Melokuhle was filmed being thrown down a building set ablaze by a mob of looters by her mother Ms Naledi Manyoni in Durban South Africa.  The baby was rescued by complete strangers who later reunited her with her mother.

Narrating her ordeal Ms Manyoni said that they were staying in the 16th floor of the apartment block when they noticed smoke rising.

The lift was not working because of the fire, so Ms Manyoni frantically ran down the stairs with her baby.

However, she was unable to get to the ground floor as the area was blocked.

She says she managed to squeeze through to a balcony area on the second floor where she appealed to passers-by for help.

Why I threw my baby to strangers - South African mother explains“All I could think was to make sure my baby lived,” she said.

The building they were in was set on fire by looters.

The unrest was sparked by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma.

The 79-year-old was convicted of contempt of court last month after failing to attend an inquiry into corruption during his presidency.

He handed himself in to police last Wednesday to start serving his 15-month prison sentence, but this sparked violent protests, arson attacks, and opportunistic looting in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal and spread to other cities and towns.

At least 72 people have died in what President Cyril Ramaphosa has described as some of the worst violence South Africa has witnessed since the 1990s, before the end of white-minority rule.

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