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Khayelitsha residents pay tribute to murdered Iyapha Yamile

South African Police Service (SAPS) representatives and community groups attended the service at the local Baptist Church on Tuesday night.

Iyapha Yamile. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Dozens of Khayelitsha residents have attended a memorial service for murdered four-year-old Iyapha Yamile.

The girl’s body was found in a plastic bag close to her family home last week.

South African Police Service (SAPS) representatives and community groups attended the service at the local Baptist Church on Tuesday night.

The residents and community groups came together to honour the life of murdered Yamile.

Many say her death is an indication that policing in the community needs urgent intervention.

SAPS officials at the memorial service reiterated their commitment to ensuring the safety of the community.

They also urged the community to support their efforts to keep the area crime free.