Normally women uteta umntwana on their backs, so Sandani Muremela caused a stir when he did the same thing with his young daughter.
The 26-year-old father from Makhado in Limpopo was laughed at by other men when he was recently seen with his three-year-old daughter, Funzani, on his back at a shop.
Some people even said the little girl’s mum had cast a love spell on him.
Sandani told Mzansi Mirror: “To make grocery shopping easier I bought a towel to carry Funzani on my back.
“Women do it all the time, so why shouldn’t I?”
Sandani, who works as a safety officer at a mine, said he couldn’t believe it when other men laughed at him and said the child’s mum had given him korobela.
“I asked one guy why he was laughing but he looked away and didn’t respond.
“He probably thought I was a madman,” said Sandani.
However, the father of one also won some fans with his parenting skills.
A staff member at the shop said: “He knows how to carry his baby perfectly. It’s very cute and men like this are rare.”
Sandani said he took good care of his daughter because he was raised by a single mum after his father left when he was only a year old.
“I don’t want my child not to know the love of a father. It’s not a good thing at all.
“I love my daughter and will do everything to protect her,” he said.
Funzani’s mum, Lebohang Mashego (24), said Sandani was a good father and she knew she could depend on him.
“I’m proud of him. I’m glad he’s not ashamed to carry our daughter like that, and I didn’t give him korobela.”