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Murdered teen remembered

Family, friends and government officials gathered at a Kagiso church to bid farewell to Philasande Ngum.

Philasande Ngum, whose body was found after she went missing after going to the Boulders Shopping Centre in Midrand. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Family and friends on Saturday gathered at Progress Ministries in Kagiso on Gauteng's West Rand to bid farewell to Philasande Ngum.

The 19-year-old student was kidnapped from a mall Midrand, north of Johannesburg, at the beginning of May.

Ngum's decomposing body was found in a veld in Centurion on Thursday, three weeks after the teen went missing.

Hundreds of community members and several government representatives attended Saturday morning's service.

Many mourners were teary-eyed as they listed to anecdotes about Ngum, a second year psychology student.

The teen was described as a gentle and sweet young woman who had her bright future cut short by rampant crime in South Africa.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane addressed the congregation.

"I do believe that we'll get them [the perpetrators]."

Meanwhile, police are still trying to find the man or men who extorted R1,500 from her mother, Christine Ngum.

The kidnappers failed to keep their promise that her daughter would be returned alive.

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