Poppie's death saved her brother - biological father

2016-11-18 15:07
Christo van der Merwe is consoled outside the Brits Magistrate's Court. (Thapelo Maphakela, Netwerk24)

Christo van der Merwe is consoled outside the Brits Magistrate's Court. (Thapelo Maphakela, Netwerk24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Brits - The one good thing that’s come of 3-year-old Poppie van der Merwe’s death, her father says, is that her 5-year-old brother is safe.

Christo van der Merwe, Poppie’s biological father, spoke outside the Brits Magistrate’s Court where Poppie’s stepfather, Kobus Koekemoer, appeared in connection with her death, Netwerk24 reported. 

Koekemoer, 43, is said to have repeatedly kicked Poppie on his farm near Brits in October. 

She died on the 25th. 

Van der Merwe read a statement outside court: "My pain over Poppie’s death is unbearable. I do not have words to describe how I feel. No one will understand my pain. The legal system failed Poppie. The SAPS just listened to the claims made by Louisa [Poppie's mother] and never allowed me to give my side of the story."  

Koekemoer appeared briefly in court on Friday.

Unlike Thursday, when he was wearing the clothes he’d had on during his first appearance in November, this time Koekemoer had on a black suit and tie. 

His lawyer asked in the packed court room that the case be postponed until November 28, when the suspect will formally apply for bail.

The request was granted. 

Van der Merwe sat between a group of women wearing pink, who were protesting against Koekemoer. 

Van der Merwe also wore a pink T-shirt, with Poppie’s face on the back.

Read more on:    pretoria  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.