Hundreds gather for Jasmin's funeral

Hundreds of mourners have gathered to bid farewell to the four-year-old rape and murder victim.

Little Jasmin Pretorius's coffin is carried out during the funeral service in Brakpan on 8 January 2013. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of mourners have gathered at a church on the East Rand to bid farewell to four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius who was raped and murdered in Brakpan.

The little girl's body was discovered under her father's bed almost two weeks ago.

Her uncle was arrested for the crime and made his second court appearance on Tuesday.

Pretorius's pink and white coffin was displayed in front of the Lighthouse Church, draped with a bouquet of flowers.

Soft toys and pictures were also placed next to the podium.

It's an emotional day as family and friends say their final goodbyes to the four-year-old girl.

Earlier bikers dressed in pink T-shirts and biker jackets formed a guard of honour and saluted the little girl as her casket was carried into the church.

Her father, mother and six-year-old sister are all attending the service.

Earlier this week the family were threatened by angry community members who accused them of neglecting the child.

Pretorius's grandfather, who is also a pastor, is leading the service.