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President Zuma visits the family of little Courtney Pieters

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President Jacob Zuma has expressed his shock and condemnation of the criminal elements in society who commit atrocious acts of violence and murder of women and children, following his visit to comfort and support the family of three-year-old Courtney Pieters, whose body was found in an industrial area in Cape Town. She had been raped and murdered.
The President visited the Pieters family in their home at Elsies River in Cape Town this afternoon, 18 May 2017.
"I have personally conveyed on behalf of government our deepest condolence to the Pieters family," said President Zuma.
He added: "I am shocked by the things that her family told me were done to this little girl. It is pointing to something fundamentally wrong in society that someone can do this to a child," President Zuma said.
The President undertook to return to the area to look into the many challenges of crime and murder especially of children and how law enforcement authorities would improve their services to the community.
The President visited the family to provide support and also to further raise awareness of the need to end the scourge of the attacks on women and children.
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Issued by: The Presidency