Furious and disgusted by the unending wave of incessant rape cases in the country, as well as the moral indiscipline overtaking some unscrupulous citizens, gripped with a deep sense of sobriety and sympathy for the victims, President Jacob Zuma expressed grave shock at the venue when he visited the family home of slain Courtney Pieters on Wednesday. During his visit a plaque honouring Pieters’ life was unveiled. According to him stringent penalties must be instituted against rape criminals.
Three-year-old Courtney Pieters was raped twice before she was killed and buried in a shallow grave.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Courtney was the 19th child murdered in the Western Cape this year.
On Wednesday, Mortimer Saunders, 40, who is believed to have lived with the Pieters family, faced angry members of the public when he appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder and rape.