Of­fi­cer hailed as hero af­ter sav­ing baby from fall

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - RAAHIL SAIN

A NEL­SON Man­dela Bay metro po­lice of­fi­cer has been hailed as a hero af­ter he caught a one-year-old baby girl af­ter she was flung from the roof of a shack by her fa­ther.

Con­sta­ble Luy­olo No­ju­lumba caught the baby af­ter her 38-year-old fa­ther dan­gled her by her an­kle be­fore throw­ing her from the roof of their shack in the Joe Slovo in­for­mal set­tle­ment dur­ing tense evic­tions on Thurs­day.

The drama made in­ter­na­tional head­lines. Not a man of many words, No­ju­lumba, 27, was re­warded with a com­men­da­tion by metro po­lice chief Yolande Faro yes­ter­day.

No­ju­lumba, who plays rugby for a lo­cal club, said when he caught the baby, she stopped cry­ing im­me­di­ately.

“When I caught the baby she stopped cry­ing. Then I ran with her be­cause mem­bers of the pub­lic were throw­ing stones. When she got in the ve­hi­cle, she fell asleep and then woke up at Kwadesi po­lice sta­tion, but she was no longer cry­ing,” he said.

No­ju­lumba, a metro po­lice of­fi­cer for just over a year, de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Faro said it was a proud mo­ment and the team was grate­ful that No­ju­lumba had man­aged to catch the baby, be­cause if she had fallen to the ground a tragedy might have oc­curred. “He goes out there to serve and pro­tect. When I asked him, ‘ What were you think­ing?’, he said the only thing he was think­ing about was that the baby must be safe and he needed to do ev­ery­thing in his power for the baby not to be harmed,” said Faro.

What she found sur­pris­ing was that the child was cry­ing while with her fa­ther, but the mo­ment No­ju­lumba caught her she stopped cry­ing.

“(It was) like the baby felt she was out of dan­ger, and I mean she is only one-year-old. That was one thing that struck me com­pletely in terms of the in­ci­dent,” Faro said.

In Oc­to­ber last year, No­ju­lumba re­ceived a com­men­da­tion for be­ing the first metro po­lice of­fi­cial to con­fis­cate an il­le­gal firearm in the Mother­well area.

The baby’s fa­ther is in cus­tody and is to ap­pear in the New Brighton Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day on a charge of at­tempted mur­der.

The shock­ing in­ci­dent oc­curred dur­ing the de­mo­li­tion of il­le­gal struc­tures by the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. A to­tal of 90 homes were de­mol­ished.

The baby girl has been handed back to her mother. – African News Agency (ANA)

The fa­ther dan­gles his baby from the roof of his shack, with the aim of throw­ing her off it.

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An of­fi­cer un­suc­cess­fully tries to stop the man from throw­ing his baby off the roof. The baby was caught by Con­sta­ble Luy­olo No­ju­lumba be­fore she hit the ground.

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