Jasmin's father devastated by her death
Morné Pretorius says he loved his little girl and would've died for her.
JOHANNESBURG - Jasmin Pretorius's father has told Eyewitness News he never thought his step-brother would betray his family's trust.
Four-year-old Pretorius was discovered dead under a bed in her father's Brakpan home on Saturday after her uncle confessed to raping and killing her.
As family members finalise funeral arrangements, Morné Pretorius says he still can't believe his little girl is gone.
He says Jasmin adored her uncle and he never imagined in his wildest dreams that he would later be accused of killing her.
The Brakpan community has accused Jasmin's family of neglecting her but he insists this isn't the case.
He says he would've died for his daughter.
"I have always looked after my kids. I love them."
He says he will always regret leaving Jasmin with her uncle that night.
The Brakpan community are demanding the court grant bail to the 23-year-old accused so that they can do to him what he allegedly did to his niece.
The man appeared in the Brakpan Magistrates Court on Monday where his case was postponed until 7 January for further investigation.
Hundreds of angry residents gathered outside the courthouse and hurled insults at the accused through the gates of the court, calling him a pig and a drug addict.
Some also threatened to take the law into their own hands.
Several people tried to force their way into a police vehicle in which the accused was being transported in.
One angry community member said, "We are tired of people treating children like animals."
Another said, "The justice system is failing us because the death penalty is no longer there. He'll be beaten and eventually he'll commit suicide."
Jasmin and her six-year-old sister were picked up by Morné on Friday afternoon from their home in Kempton Park.
The girls were meant to spend the weekend with their father at his flat in Brakpan, which he shares with his mother Isabel du Toit.
The accused and his boyfriend also live in the flat.
Morné left his daughters in the care of their grandmother and uncle on Friday night to go out drinking with his new girlfriend.
He was supposed to return later that night but decided to sleep over at his girlfriend's house.
Du Toit told Eyewitness News that she went to bed with Jasmin's six-year-old sister and left Jasmin to asleep alone in her father's bedroom.
When Du Toit woke up on Saturday morning, Jasmin was missing.
A team of volunteers and police officers began looking for Jasmin, who was later found under a bed in the flat.
On Monday, Morné went to identify his daughter's body.
He told the family that he wishes he had never seen her in that state as he wants to remember her as she was before she died.