Walkout at Jasmin's prayer service

Angry community members accused police and the ANC of politicising and hijacking the service.

Community members outside a memorial service for murdered four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius, on 3 January 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

BRAKPAN - Emotions ran high on Friday at a prayer service for four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius in Brakpan on Gauteng's East Rand.

The little girl's body was found under a bed in her father's flat on Saturday.

Jasmin was raped and murdered, allegedly by her 23-year-old uncle.

At the service on Friday, angry community members - including some family members - staged a walkout.

Chaos erupted when locals shouted at the programme director.

A number of people accused police and the ANC of politicising and hijacking the prayer service.

Angry locals also accused the family of neglecting the little girl.

Jasmin's mother Sasha Lee Bam did not attend Friday's service.

According to Bam's sister, Carla, the mother could not attend the function because of safety concerns.

"My sister is at home at the moment. We've kept her there for safety reasons because of what happened at the court case. She's pregnant, we wanted her to be safe."

Jasmin's father, Morné Pretorius, attended the service.

He was wearing a pink T-shirt in support of the campaign to stop violence against women and children. He showed no emotion throughout the service.

Jasmin's grandfather called on the community to stop terrorising Morné so that he can return to his flat where the crime took place.