A mom recently threw her toddler to safety from her burning building which had been set alight admits the riots in South Africa.

The mother, twenty-six-year-old Naledi Manyoni, was on the sixteenth floor when the fire in her building began. She ran down the stairs and as she reached the first floor, she made the decision to throw her daughter into the arms of neighbors waiting in the street below.

Manyoni, who was desperate to keep her daughter safe, was filmed throwing her daughter to the onlookers below.

"I was scared, really scared, but there were people down in the street," she explained to the BBC.

"People were screaming 'throw her, throw her'. The way I was panicking, I was trusting anyone to take my baby away from me because the place was burning and there was smoke outside."

"After throwing her, I held my head in shock, but they caught her," Manyoni also told Reuters. "She kept saying, 'Mama you threw me down there.' She was scared."

"What was important was for my daughter to be out of that situation... I couldn't escape alone and leave her behind," she added.

Neighbors also rushed to get ladders to help others to escape from the burning building, before firefighters arrived at the scene around twenty minutes later.

Fortunately, both the toddler and the mom were unhurt, and the pair were reunited shortly afterwards.

The incident comes as violence, rioting and protests have erupted in South Africa after the former president Jacob Zuma, was jailed last week for failing to appear for a corruption enquiry.

The protests started in Zuma's home province KwaZulu-Natal but soon got worse as they spread to the like of Johannesburg and turned into mass looting, arson and riots.

There are now said to be plans to deploy up to 25,000 soldiers in two provinces where security forces are struggling to cope.

Seventy-two people have died and more than 3,000 people arrested in the rioting, the Guardian reports.