Asked what the first thing was that he did after catching the infant‚ he said: “The first thing in my mind was just to safeguard that baby.”
The baby was not injured. “There can be no injuries in the presence of the metro‚” he quipped.
He said other residents had supported the father when he was on the roof with the baby: “They threw stones at us.”
Police spokesman Captain Andre Beetge said the Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality began demolishing illegal structures in the Joe Slovo informal settlement at 9.30am‚ and police and metro police were deployed to protect the demolition team.