Mourners walk out of ‘politicised’ prayer service for Brakpan girl

2014-01-04 15:49

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A large group of mourners walked out of a prayer service for a four-year-old girl murdered in Brakpan.

Those who left the service yesterday were mainly bikers who attended to pay their respects, the Saturday Star reported.

They left after a police officer, who opened the prayer service, welcomed national police commissioner Riah Phiyega. A delegation of African National Congress Women’s League members was also in attendance.

One of the bikers, Riaan Steenkamp, said as he walked out: “This is not a political thing. It is for a white child that was murdered.”

In the service Phiyega said: “It’s not a day of big speeches, we wanted to pray together.”

Acting Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Lesetja Mothiba said Phiyega had returned from leave to organise the prayer service.

The child was reported missing last Saturday.

Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said on Monday that a member of the child’s family had made a confession and led police to the girl’s body, which was under a bed in her father’s flat.

A 23-year-old man appeared in the Brakpan Magistrates’ Court on Monday. The matter was postponed until January 7.

According to a report, he has been moved to a place of safety after death threats were made against him.

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