Slain Delft girl's bravery lauded

The nine-year-old girl who was raped, set alight and left for dead, has passed away.

The family of the young girl who was raped and set alight. Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Funeral arrangements are underway for a nine-year-old girl who died on Tuesday after she'd been raped, set alight and left for dead in Delft two months ago.

The girl had been receiving treatment at the Red Cross Children's Hospital for severe burns.

The girl was found on a pile of rocks in a bush in January.

Her family believes she fought to stay alive and to provide as much detail about the attack as possible.

Speaking to Eyewitness News , the girl's aunt Zandiswa Mthekeli fondly refers to her as 'our little fighter'.

"Her death came as a huge shock because we had hoped she would be coming back home again, however long it took. I think it was God's plan for her to survive, so that she could give us the information."

In January, a 27-year-old man appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court on charges of rape, sexual assault, abduction and attempted murder.

He is expected back in court on 27 March.

Mthekeli said she prays the perpetrator gets punished for this horrific crime.