Missing Brakpan girl found raped, murdered

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The block of flats on Voortrekker Road in Brakpan where the body of Jasmine Pretorius was found. Police said, the four-year-old girl was raped before she was murdered. Picture: eNCA/Esti Le Roux
Jasmine Pretorius's body was found under a bed in her father's house on Voortrekker street, after an intensive search for her on Saturday. Police said she was raped. Picture: supplied

Brakpan - A four-year-old girl who was reported missing in Brakpan, has been found murdered and raped.

Jasmine Pretorius was found under a bed in her father's house on Voortrekker street, after an intensive search for her on Saturday.

Police spokesman Ramalifi Pailale told eNCA the little girl's body was found at 7pm.

"We suspect that she was raped," he said. 

Pretorius's body was found fully clothed.

Pailale said police arrested a 23-year-old male relative in connection with the girl's murder. The suspect was being held at Brakpan Police Station.

"We suspect she was kidnapped first," said Pailale. He said the location that the girl could have been taken to first was still being investigated. 

A massive search by community groups was conducted. Several teams, including the Boere Krisis Aksie group posted to Facebook that Pretorius was found dead. The news caused widespread anger at the crime. 

-eNCA

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