‘Jasmin is still here,’ says Bam

2014-01-09 00:00

SASHA Lee Bam, the mother of the murdered Jasmin Lee Pretorius (4), said at her daughter’s funeral yesterday that she had said good bye to her girl’s little body, “but she is still here”.

Jasmin Lee was buried at her grand­father’s church, the Jesus Disciples Bikers Ministry, in Kempton Park.

Bam said she was initially afraid to attend her daughter’s funeral after threats by the community.

“I was afraid when I got there, but luckily the people reassured me and just beamed with love and support. I am very grateful for that.”

She said on the day that Jasmin was reported as missing, she kept thinking the search party would find her daughter.

“I knew from the start something terrible had happened to my child, but I told myself she would be okay and at the end of the day, we would find her.”

Jasmin Lee was found, raped and murdered, shoved under her father’s bed. A family member has been arrested for the murder.

Bam said she had no reason to suspect the family member, who has not yet pleaded on his charges and, thus, cannot be named.

“Her last words to me were that she loves me and would see me on Sunday.”

Bam is pregnant with a boy due at the end of March.

“It is very difficult for a mother to lose a child and immediately get another. We will call him Justin James [Hanekom] in memory of his sister,” she said.

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