Ceremony for shot girl

Date: 28 Feb 2007
Scores of frustrated South Africans flocked again to the Randfontein Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where two men appeared in connection with the murder of Danielle Esterhuizen late last year. Among those who participated in the peaceful demonstration and wreath-laying ceremony in honour of Esterhuizen and other victims of crime, were musicians Adam Tas and Elizma Theron. South African Olympic hurdler Llewellyn Herbert was also present. Civil rights group AfriForum’s CEO Kallie Kriel said the aim of the demonstration was to send the message that murderers deserved the “most severe” punishment. “When defenceless children become the target of murderers, it proves how deeply our country has fallen into the spiral of senseless violence,” Kriel said. Daniélle Esterhuizen, 5, was shot while on a fishing trip with her parents at the Riebeeck Dam in Randfontein last December. She was sitting on her mother’s lap when four armed robbers shot her in the head. Two of the accused, Tshakane Sithole, 25, and Mpho Ngomane, 31, appeared in the dock yesterday. The case was postponed to March 8 for their bail application. Both are facing charges of murder, five counts of attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, as well as the illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and suspected stolen goods. By Francois du Plessis The Citizen 28/02/07