WATCH: Crowd greets Zuma at home of murdered Courtney Pieters
Aphiwe Deklerk | 2017-05-18 14:23:56.0
A crowd of Cape Flats residents greeted President Jacob Zuma on Thursday at the home of three-year-old Courtney Pieters.
Zuma visited the family to meet Courtney’s family and unveil a plaque on the wall of their Elsies River house in memory of the murdered child.
The community members sang gospel and struggle songs as they waited for Zuma‚ whose arrival was delayed by his attendance at an ANC caucus meeting in parliament.
Courtney’s body was found at the weekend in nearby Epping‚ nine days after she disappeared from outside her home.
Crowd of #CourtneyPieters neighbours sing in front of the Pieters home. @TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/qio0wxPs1p
— Anthony Molyneaux (@AJGMolyneaux) May 18, 2017
A 40-year-old man who lived at the three-year-old’s house appeared in Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday charged with murder‚ rape and kidnapping.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is expected to attend a memorial service for Courtney at Elsies River Civic Centre on Thursday evening.
Neighbours expressed shock about the murder‚ saying mothers needed to be more vigilant and monitor their children. Many children of Courtney’s age were among the crowd at the Pieters family’s home.