Altecia Kortje and her seven-year-old daughter were murdered just a week after she allegedly tried to get the protection order against her boyfriend and the father of her two children. Courtesy of #DStv403
CAPE TOWN - The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services has asked the Public Protector to investigate why a Cape Town mother was not assisted to get a protection order.
Altecia Kortje and her seven-year-old daughter were murdered just a week after she allegedly tried to get the protection order against her boyfriend and the father of her two children.
The boyfriend, Ryan Smith, has been arrested.
A relative discovered the bodies.
"As we entered the room I could see just the hand out there. You could see there was no more life," said Wendy van der Poll.
"My sister and I were looking for the daughter and then we found her she was in the bathroom next to a bin filled with water.
"Altecia, the mom, her face was covered in blood and it looked like she was brutally murdered."
Both mom and daughter had several stab wounds.
Van der Poll says Altecia had left her boyfriend a week ago and had gone to their house to fetch their two children - Raynecia and their nine-month-old baby. The baby was not in the house at the time.
The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services is looking into allegations that Altecia had gone to apply for a protection order against Ryan Smith, but was turned away.
The matter is now in the hands of the Public Protector.
"She could have been alive today if they had assisted her in the first place," Van der Poll said.
"And how many of this is still going to happen?"
The community in Belhar held a memorial service for mom and daughter.