Courtney Pieters' body leaves for final resting place

2017-05-20 11:24
The plaque unveiled by President Jacob Zuma in honour of murdered Courtney Pieters, 3, in front of her family home in Elsies River. (James de Villiers, News24)

The plaque unveiled by President Jacob Zuma in honour of murdered Courtney Pieters, 3, in front of her family home in Elsies River. (James de Villiers, News24)

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WATCH: Zuma visits family of raped, murdered Courtney Pieters

2017-05-18 15:16

President Jacob Zuma visited the family home of slain Courtney Pieters on Wednesday. During his visit a plaque honouring Pieters' life was unveiled.WATCH

Cape Town - The body of 3-year-old Courtney Pieters has left for the Belhar Cemetry in Cape Town.

The Adriaanse Hall was packed to capacity. 

The toddler's body was found in a shallow grave next to unused railroad tracks in Epping, Industria, a week ago.

Minister for Community Safety in the Western Cape Dan Plato was also in attendance. 

Children line up with roses at the cemetry awaiting her coffin.

During a memorial service for Courtney on Thursday, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said the man accused of killing Courtney should die in jail. 

“He is defended by the law and the child is burned. And we know nothing will bring Courtney back,” Mbalula said.

A 40-year-old man, Mortimer Sauders, has appeared in court on charges of raping and killing her.

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