State changes charges against PE father who threw his toddler off the roof of a shack.

14:25 (GMT+2) Mon, 16 Apr 2018

The attempted murder charge against a Port Elizabeth man, who flung his one-year-old daughter off a shack's roof, has been provisionally changed to child abuse.

The 38-year-old, Mthobeki Katali, made a brief appearance before the New Brighton Court today where the matter was postponed to the 23rd of this month.

Katali was arrested after throwing his child from the roof of a shack as police tried to coax him off the structure.

The incident happened during an operation to demolish illegal structures in Joe Slovo West.

The little girl was caught by a Metro police officer and has since been placed under the care of a social worker.

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police Chief, Yolanda Faro, says more charges might be added.

Meanwhile, DA MP, Zakhele Mbele, also attended Katali's court appearance.

Speaking to the media afterwards, Mbele said that while he was not au fait with the details surrounding the removals process in Nelson Mandela Bay, he said with the debate around land and property rights, it is important to adhere to and to enforce the rule of law.

"There are obviously very real developmental and socio-economic needs, especially around housing, and every effort needs to be made to cater for those.  But, we cannot have a situation where illegal occupation and illegal construction of structures on land is allowed to go by as this sets a precedent," Mbele said.

He said the key thing is for widespread consultation with all stakeholders.