Bredasdorp teen murder case postponed

The suspect appeared briefly in court after he allegedly murdered Elna Japhta.

FILE: The street where 14-year-old Elna Japhta's body was found in Bredasdorp. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

BREDASDORP - The case of a 27-year-old Zimbabwean male accused of murdering his 14-year-old Bredasdorp girlfriend has been postponed.

The suspect appeared briefly in the Bredasdorp Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly murdered Elna Japhta.

Her body was found wrapped in a blanket under a bed in the Zweletsha informal settlement on Sunday.

The case has been postponed to 8 June.

The mother of the 14-year-old girl wept in the arms of Kayde Williams's grandmother as she watched her daughter's alleged killer standing in the dock.

The accused made no eye contact with Elna's, Eva, as he was escorted out the court room by police officers.

He will remain at the Bredasdorp police station's holding cells away from other inmates.

Prosecutor Stewart van Coppenhagen said there was enough evidence to charge him with murder.

COMMUNITY URGED TO PROTECT CHILDREN

Meanwhile, a Bredasdorp based NGO has asked the community to start playing a greater role in protecting children.

Locals said they were shocked by the murder of a third young girl.

In 2013, 17-year-old Anene Boysen was raped and murdered and earlier this year five-year-old Kayde Williams was killed in the Overberg town.

Community worker Lana O'Neil said, "People like to talk but they don't do anything in this town. We've got the nicest programmes on paper but nothing is done on the ground."

RESIDENTS DESPONDENT AFTER MURDER

At the same time, the Bredasdorp Community Policing Forum (CPF) said residents were despondent following Japhta's death.

Spokesperson Michael Olivier asked, "What is next? First it was Anene Booysen, what is next? This is the concern of the community."

One Bredasdorp resident said she was worried about her own children's safety following the murder, while community member Minnie Jantjies said she was 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.