Brakpan outraged by girl's rape, murder

2014-01-07 17:29

Johannesburg - Brakpan residents expressed outrage over the rape and murder of a 4-year-old girl during the court appearance of the alleged perpetrator on Tuesday.

The girl's 23-year-old uncle was arrested in connection with the crime last month, shortly after she was reported missing on Saturday, 28 December.

On Tuesday, scores of people, among them children, were at the Brakpan Magistrate's Court on the East Rand at the man's court appearance.

Most of them were dressed in pink T-shirts. The slain girl had been wearing a pink shirt on the day she was killed.

The supporters gathered at a corner outside the court before proceedings began.

"It could have been my child," said Tim Williams, who came to the court with his daughter. A woman, also dressed in a pink T-shirt, said people were looking for answers.

"We want to know why he did it," she said.

An emotional Tazz-Lynn Ramsay, 16, said: "[She] was just a child. She did not even know what rape was."

A young girl at the court with her parents wore a pink T-shirt bearing the letters "RIP" (rest in peace).

Wynard Kruger, 11, carried a board reading, in Afrikaans: "Bring back the death penalty. We seek justice for the kids, bring him out."

At court

Two women dressed in ANC Women's League uniform were outside the court after the proceedings. The girl's parents, however, were not in court.

Scores of police officers lined the street leading to the court gates, while others were on horseback. No phones, cameras or tablet computers were allowed inside the court.

Before proceedings began, court orderlies evicted from the room several men dressed in shorts.

"No shorts allowed in court," said the court orderlies.

The courtroom was packed to capacity. Wearing a striped black and grey T-shirt and grey tracksuit pants, the accused walked into court with his head bowed. He looked at his hands throughout the proceedings. He may not be identified until he has pleaded.

The blond-haired accused mumbled to Magistrate Khatija Abba that he wanted to apply for a State lawyer. His case was postponed to 13 January to give him time to do so.

Abba reprimanded the court gallery when there was muttering after she said he had the right to apply for bail once he had secured a lawyer. He said he understood.

He walked out of the courtroom with his head down, avoiding eye contact with anyone in the gallery.

‘Watertight case’

Outside court, the National Prosecuting Authority said it believed it had a strong case.

"It's a watertight case and we are certain that we will make a conviction," said spokesperson Mxolisi Nxasana.

Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana called for the maximum sentence for the accused if he was found guilty.

Speaking on Xingwana's behalf, spokesperson Motalatale Modiba said the perpetrator should get life imprisonment.

His comments were met with cheers from members of the public, and several bikers who were at the court revved their motorbikes.

Modiba said Xingwana was concerned that several acts of violence against women and children had been reported just days into the new year.

"There is something fundamentally wrong with our foundation as a society when women and children are made to live in terror even in their own homes," Xingwana said.

"Domestic violence is a social evil that must be uprooted from our communities."

The Brakpan girl would be buried on Wednesday. Residents and bikers were organising a march to be held in her memory.

The man was arrested shortly after she was reported missing.

"A missing person's report was issued on Saturday morning and the police and the community started looking [for the girl]. We had to do our own investigation," police spokesperson Tsekiso Mofokeng said at the time.

Police then interviewed the family.

"We identified that one of the family members did not give a confident story... he gave many versions."

Mofokeng said the man was charged with kidnapping. Later "he gave in and confessed" and helped police find the girl's body underneath a bed in her father's flat, on Voortrekker Street.

  • Akshar Sookraj - 2014-01-07 17:33

    This is just 1 of 1000's of cases over the years... we all can be outraged and stand outside court and fight... End off it all Government needs to change the Law

      Feik Mc Heither - 2014-01-07 19:48

      By the looks of it the accused here does not look like someone who can afford a good private lawyer, unlike Oscar & co. So we might have a much quicker prosecution.

  • Frank Drebben - 2014-01-07 17:40

    "The blonde-haired accused..." - why not just say white and get it over with.

      Grant Montgomery - 2014-01-07 18:00

      I agree Frank. I'm tired of reading reports such as, "Four men with no front teeth arrested on the Cape Flats".

      Uhone Mpho Tshiras - 2014-01-07 18:09

      what if he's black and he dyed his hair

      Thulani Xulu - 2014-01-07 19:33

      I guess his name was "white" eish news24 just gave away his some comments arg no to much

  • Anita Zondagh - 2014-01-07 18:24

    People should look after their children!

      Beverley Du Preez - 2014-01-07 19:52

      People should stop raping! This was a family member on top of it! Not that this is any better!

      Ronaldie Mathee - 2014-01-08 12:59

      I agree, look after your children: at the sea, pool, in the bush, house or where ever, BUT 4fs STOP raping and hurting children. A person who does this is sick & deserves to be burned and will one day. Even Worst for it to be a family member there is no words to describe how sick it is. Yes we live in a very dangerous place but in your own house by family, think we need to start praying cause the devil is loose.

  • Peter Bulloch - 2014-01-07 18:28

    What ever colour or Tradition... This excuse for a human body needs to be removed from society ... As for the lawyer who will represents him.. Please loose the case..??

  • Bucy Prosperous - 2014-01-07 19:22

    very sad in peace

  • Jones Phu-t Lekgoara - 2014-01-07 19:58

    Warning this words are reserved: 1.Savage. 2.Barbaric. 3.Death penalty.

  • sue.heymans - 2014-01-07 22:52

    Sick, sick, sick of this! Put him away for life!!

  • Soula Foord - 2014-01-08 07:08

    Those who down the death penalty - picture YOUR 4 year old raped and stuffed under a bed with her bones broken, think again. I think PUBLIC STONING is even better.

  • Theresa Viljoen - 2014-01-08 08:14

    EN NIE VERGEET NIE politick sien weer n geleetheid raak

  • Theresa Viljoen - 2014-01-08 10:30


  • Dee Miller - 2014-01-08 11:26

    It will probably come out in court that this man watched a lot of child porn, mark my words. Pornography is the reason this world has gone crazy, trust me.

  • Prenisha Naidoo - 2014-01-10 14:55

    I'm sorry to say.......actually I'm not sorry. That is not considered a human, that is indeed AN ANIMAL!!!! - where is the death penalty when you need it! What doesbit have tontake to bring it back.

  • Debbie Breytenbach - 2014-01-13 11:38

    Prisons are overcrowded and breeding grounds to further cultivate sick human beings into committing even worse acts of violence against law abiding citizens and the helpless - I cannot understand that anyone could think it is moving backwards to reinstate the death penalty for certain crimes. Its not as if this person will be rehabilitated and sent back into society to become a productive and law abiding member of society, he will just continue to be a murderer and a burden on society like many others.

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