‘I watched my baby fly from the building’ – traumatised Durban mom relives fire horror

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Footage of Naledi Manyoni flinging her daughter from a building shocked the world during a week when all eyes were on SA as protests and insurrection broke out across the country. (PHOTO: YOUTUBE / BBC)
Footage of Naledi Manyoni flinging her daughter from a building shocked the world during a week when all eyes were on SA as protests and insurrection broke out across the country. (PHOTO: YOUTUBE / BBC)

It's an image that sent shockwaves around the world: a terrified mother tossing her toddler from a burning building as a crowd on the ground reach their arms up to grab the child.

Holding her head in her hands, the young mom waits to see if her daughter lands safely into the embrace of the sea of strangers.

She does – and the footage of the child flying through the air towards outstretched arms has become symbolic of the horror and the hope that have characterised one of the darkest periods in South Africa’s history.

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