Jasmin's 'killer' taken to place of safety

Jasmin's uncle confessed to raping and murdering her, but still has to plead guilty in court.

Four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius's body was found under a bed in her father's house in Brakpan on Gauteng's East Rand. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The 23-year-old man accused of raping and killing four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius has been put in a place of safety after receiving death threats in prison.

Jasmin's body was found under a bed in her father's house in Brakpan on Gauteng's East Rand last weekend following an extensive search after she was reported missing on Saturday.

The family and police say Jasmin's uncle has since confessed to the crimes, but still needs to plead guilty in a court of law.

Jasmin's family has told Eyewitness News that they are receiving requests from prisoners asking if inmates can 'take care' of the accused in prison.

The victim's grandfather Colin Bam says although he isn't ready to speak to the man or forgive him, he cannot allow this to happen.

"They have a way of getting messages out and are sending messages asking if we want them to take him out."

Meanwhile, the Brakpan community is outraged by the crime.

Dozens of community members took to the streets ahead of the accused's court appearance in the Brakpan Magistrates Court on 30 December and tried forcing their way into a police vehicle in which he was being transported.

Some community members have also accused Jasmin's parents of neglecting and failing to protect their daughter.

The case has been postponed until 7 January.

BACKGROUND

Jasmin and her six-year-old sister were picked up by their father Morné Pretorius 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.