Mourning throng turns out for funeral of murdered Courtney
Hundreds of people crammed a hall in Cape Town on Saturday to say their last farewell to three-year-old Courtney Pieters.
A crowd gathered outside Adriaanse Hall in Clarke's Estate‚ Elsies River‚ where pink‚ white and yellow flowers were piled on the altar.
Courtney’s body arrived in a white casket after leaving the family home in Pluto Road.
The three-year-old was found in a shallow grave next to unused railroad tracks in Epping a week ago. She had been missing for a week.
Mortimer Saunders‚ 40‚ who lived in the Pieters family home‚ appeared in Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday charged with murder‚ rape and kidnapping.
WATCH: Courtney's casket carried out after mourners are asked to pray for family of murder accused Courtney Pieters’ body was carried out of a Cape Town hall on Saturday after a funeral attended by hundreds of people.
Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato was at the funeral. He was also at a memorial service for Courtney held on Thursday‚ the same day President Jacob Zuma visited the Pieters family home.
Earlier on Saturday‚ hundreds of people joined a “Your child is my child” march for peace in memory of Courtney that began at Elsies River High School.
After the funeral service‚ Courtney was to be buried at Belhar Cemetery.
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