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EC Social Development condemns dad who threw toddler off roof

The incident occurred during an eviction at an informal settlement in Port Elizabeth.

A police officer restrains a Port Elizabeth father after he threw his baby daughter from a roof. Picture: @crimeairnetwork/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The Eastern Cape Social Development Department has condemned an incident in which a father threw his toddler from the roof of a shack.

The incident occurred during an eviction at an informal settlement in Port Elizabeth.

Photographs show the father dangling the child by her leg from the roof of their shack.

A metro police official and community member managed to catch her.

Departmental spokesperson Mzukisi Solani says: “Children should not be used as sacrificial lambs for whatever gripe people have. As a department, our responsibility is to protect and ensure a positive welfare for any child.”

The father will appear in the New Brighton Magistrates Court on Monday on a charge of attempted murder.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)