Bredasdorp families united in grief for murdered children

At least three children have been brutally murdered in the town since 2013.

FILE: The parents of Kayde Williams leading a march in Bredasdorp on 6 February 2015 following her murder. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The grandmother of a slain five-year-old Bredasdorp child is attending the court appearance of a man arrested in connection with a separate child killing in the Overberg town.

Little Kayde Williams was sexually assaulted and killed in February, while 14-year-old Elna Jephta was found murdered this past weekend.

An emotional Epha Jephta arrived at the Bredasdorp Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning determined to face the man accused of killing her daughter.

She was welcomed by the grandmother of another local child murdered earlier this year.

Community worker from a local NGO Lana O'Neil has offered her support to the Jephta family, who are receiving counselling.

Awareness around National Child Protection Week has been magnified by the death of the Bredasdorp girl.


The Bredasdorp Community Policing Forum (CPF) said residents are despondent following Elna's death.

The Bredasdorp CPF's Michael Olivier asked, "What is next? First it was Anene Booysen, what is next? This is the concern of the community."

At the same time, a Bredasdorp resident said she's worried about her own children's safety following the murder.

Community member Minnie Jantjies said she's in shock.

"The community feels very sad and we think it's one of the most disgusting incidents that could have happened."

Earlier this year, Kayde was raped and murdered in Bredasdorp, her body was found on a field shortly after she went missing.

This came after the brutal sexual assault and killing of 17-year-old Anene Booysen in 2013.