Little Jasmin to be laid to rest
The funeral for murdered Jasmin Pretorius will take place in Brakpan today.
JOHANNESBURG - The parents of four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius have confirmed they will attend their daughter's funeral in Brakpan on Wednesday, despite security concerns.
Jasmin's 23-year-old uncle is accused of raping and killing her before stuffing her body under a bed in her father's flat almost two weeks ago.
On Tuesday, Jasmin's parents stayed away from the court where the accused appeared briefly under strict instructions from police.
This is the latest incident of violence against children to have shocked the nation. Jasmin Pretorius was found raped and murdered in Brakpan. Picture: Supplied.
Jasmin Pretorius was found raped and murdered in Brakpan. Picture: Supplied.
Jasmin's parents fear for their lives after receiving death threats from the community accusing them of neglecting their child.
The four-year-old has been cremated and a funeral service will be held today.
Her grandfather Colin Bam says despite tempers flaring outside court last week, it's important for mother Sasha-Lee Bam and father Morne Pretorius to pay their last respects.
"I told my family that we will not hide. We chose to do the funeral in Brakpan because of the support we got from the community."
The hearse will be escorted by a convoy of bikers. Bikers paid their respects to Jasmine at a memorial service. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.
Bikers paid their respects to Jasmine at a memorial service. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.
The family has asked the community to respect the proceedings and allow them to say their last goodbyes.
During Jasmin's memorial service, several angry mourners left the service accusing the police and ANC of politicising the event.
Several high-ranking government officials are expected to attend the funeral.
Bam says he doesn't want any drama today with angry community members as all the focus must be on Jasmin.
"Let's go bury my granddaughter and let bygones be because at the end of the day it's all about Jasmin."
All funeral expenses have been covered by sponsorships from businesses in Brakpan.