Jasmin's mother overwhelmed by support

The four-year-old girl, who was raped and murdered, was laid to rest on Wednesday.

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

BRAKPAN - Jasmin Pretorius's mother on Wednesday thanked the Brakpan community for its overwhelming support as she tries to come to terms with the rape and murder of her four-year-old girl.

Little Jasmin was laid to rest after a touching funeral service led by her grandfather with whom she and her six-year-old sister lived.

The heavily pregnant Sasha Lee Bam told mourners at the Light House Church she would never have been able to cope without their support.

"As Jasmin's mother, I'd like to say thank you to everybody for the support. I've never seen everybody pull together like this. Jasmin was an awesome child and she would have loved to see all the colours in the church today."

Residents had earlier accused Bam of neglecting the child.

Pretorius's body was discovered under her father's bed in the East Rand suburb almost two weeks ago.

Her 23-year-old uncle has been arrested for the crime.

Family members shared moving speeches at the church, including Jasmin's sister who said the little girl is now in heaven.

Bam, who was clinging onto a small denim biker jacket her little girl used to wear, along with Jasmin's father, Morné Pretorius, cried throughout the ceremony.

The hearse, which left the church just after noon, was towed by a motorbike. It was followed by a convoy of bikers.

All pictures: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Mourners placed rose petals on the vehicle as it made its way out.

Jasmin's coffin was also covered with colourful petals and a bouquet.