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WC govt welcomes arrest in Courtney Pieters' case

Courtney Pieters’ body was found over the weekend about a kilometre away from her Elsies River home after she was reported missing late last week.

Three-year-old Courtney Pieters went missing on 4 May 2017. Her body was found over the weekend about a kilometre away from her Elsies River home Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - The Social Development Department has welcomed the arrest of a man in connection with the murder of a three-year-old girl in Elsies River.

Courtney Pieters’ body was found over the weekend about a kilometre away from her Elsies River home after she was reported missing late last week.

Social development MEC Albert Fritz said: “The Western Cape government condemns in the strongest possible terms the latest murder of Courtney Pieters. We are absolutely happy about the arrest of the suspect and will allow the judicial system to take its course.”

The child’s family home has been declared a crime scene.

Police says a 40-year-old man was apprehended in Saturn Close in Elsies River.

The police's Frederick van Wyk said: “Crimes against women and children are the top priority for Western Cape police. We will pursue every avenue to apprehend offenders.”

The suspect is expected to appear in the Goodwood Magistrates Court once he’s been charged.

Meanwhile, Elsies River residents have called on parents to increase protection around their children.

Community members and people from surrounding areas attended a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the three-year-old girl on Sunday.

WATCH: Elsies River community honour slain Courtney Pieters

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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