Jasmin's gran can't forgive suspect

Isabel du Toit told Eyewitness News she hates the accused because of the suffering he inflicted.

Police have confirmed that a four-year-old girl has been found raped and murdered in Brakpan. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius's grandmother on Friday said she doubts she'll be able to forgive the suspect.

The little girl's body was found under a bed in her father's house in Brakpan on Gauteng's East Rand on Saturday following an extensive search.

Pretorius was raped before she was murdered.

Jasmin's uncle appeared briefly in court earlier on Monday.

The case was postponed to 7 January.

It has been a traumatic day for the relatives of the four-year-old.

Her grandmother was in the house when she was murdered.

Isabel du Toit told Eyewitness News she hates the accused because of the suffering he inflicted on her innocent granddaughter.

"I just don't know why he did it."

Family members claim the accused had been taking drugs on the day Jasmine was murdered.

Police say the uncle confessed to the crime before pointing out the corpse to officers.

Chaos erupted outside court earlier on Monday when angry community members stormed a police van believed to be transporting the accused.

Protestors gather outside the Brakpan Magistrates Court. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

Brakpan community members vent their anger and rage at the rape and murder of four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.


Emotions ran high at the Brakpan Magistrates Court when the alleged killer appeared briefly.

Some residents cried openly while others threatened the 23-year-old suspect.

Jasmin's mother, Sasha Lee Bam, wiped away tears throughout court proceedings.

Bam, who is seven months pregnant with her third child, told Eyewitness News she won't forget her daughter's last Christmas with the family.

Jasmine's father, Morné Pretorius, was furious.

At one point, he threatened to storm the police nyala believed to be transporting the accused.

Relatives had to hold him back to prevent a fight with community members, who've criticised the child's family for failing to protect her.

Some have openly blamed her father, saying he neglected the child.