Courtney Pieters funeral service held

The funeral service of slain toddler, Courtney Pieters, was held in in Elsies River in Cape Town on Saturday morning of May 20, 2017 where hundreds of mourners were in attendance. The 3 year old Courtney Pieters was raped twice and killed, stuffed in a refuse bag for transportation to the site where she was buried in a shallow grave before her remains were discovered.

Community members came out in hundreds to stand by and show support to the Pieters family. The cousins of Courtney Pieters led the service with strong songs of praise in an effort to lift the spirits of the mourners in an otherwise somber occasion.

The mother of the slain toddler,  Juanita Pieters, struggled with emotions throughout the service. Speaking at the Adriaanse Community Hall, where the funeral service was held, an Apostolic church official opened by saying, “We all know today is about a little girl [Courtney Pieters] that crawled into our hearts in two weeks”.

The death of Courtney Pieters shocked the community of Elsies River in Cape Town and South Africa as a whole. President Jacob Zuma, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, and Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato all took turns to visit the Pieters family this past week.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with the families during this difficult period. The incidents have caused untold pain among South Africans and this is the time for us to unite and isolate these cruel perpetrators of this shameful and hateful crime against women and children,” President Jacob Zuma was quoted.

A 40-year-old man who lived with the Pieters family appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday charged with Courtney’s rape and murder.


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