Community angry after Brakpan murder
Jasmin Pretorius (4) was allegedly raped and murdered by a relative on Gauteng’s East Rand.
JOHANNESBURG - Community members in Brakpan on Monday threatened to take justice into their own hands as anger mounts over a 23-year-old man who allegedly raped and murdered a four-year-old girl.
The suspect, who is the girl's uncle, appeared briefly in the Brakpan Magistrates Court this morning.
He has been charged with killing his niece before leaving her under a bed.
Jasmin Pretorius's mother, father and grandmother were in court on Monday. Police confirmed that four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius was found raped and murdered in Brakpan. Picture: Supplied.
Police confirmed that four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius was found raped and murdered in Brakpan. Picture: Supplied.
The situation was tense as hundreds of community members were yelling through the Brakpan Magistrates Court gates, calling the accused a pig and drug addict.
Some members of the public even threatened to kill him.
Family members walking into court were also greeted by angry protestors.
One woman called them "drunkards" who neglected their child. Protestors gather outside the Brakpan Magistrates Court. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN
Protestors gather outside the Brakpan Magistrates Court. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN
The family sat in court wiping away their tears as they came face to face with the accused.
The matter has been postponed to allow the suspect time to appoint a lawyer or apply for legal aid.
Jasmin's father was escorted out of court as community members called for his blood.
Meanwhile, Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana reacted with shock and anger to the crime.