Fritz slams child abuse

Albert Fritz was one of hundreds of mourners who attended the funeral of Elihle Hlanjwa yesterday.

Elihle Hlanjwa who was raped, set light and left for dead was laid to rest on 28 March. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape social development MEC Albert Fritz says his goal is to prevent another child being killed, raped or violated in the province.

He was one of hundreds of mourners who attended the funeral service for a murdered Delft girl yesterday.

Elihle Hlanjwa died in hospital almost two weeks ago after she was raped and set alight earlier this year.

She was found on a pile of rocks in a bush in January.

Hlanjwa, known by her loved ones as 'Queen', fought for her life for two months in hospital following her brutal attack.

Fritz says justice must prevail for Hlanjwa.

"There is no excuse for the kind of brutality that was exercised on Queenie. I think the courts must now deal with this guy effectively."

Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man who is in jail in connection with the incident appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court on Thursday where he was charged with murder.

The man was initially charged with rape and attempted murder.

A series of violent attacks on women and children have been reported across the Cape Peninsula this year.