Hundreds of people crammed a hall in Cape Town on Saturday (20/05/17) 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.
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.