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A Vereeniging courtroom was filled to capacity on Friday by irate residents of Orange Farm who came to see a couple charged with killing an eight-year-old girl in their neighbourhood.
Residents, clad in T-shirts with an inscription "No bail to rapists", packed the courtroom while others waited outside.
Among them were primary school pupils clad in various uniforms and carrying pictures of little Keneilwe Mofokeng.
The pupils held hands and formed long queues while waiting for their elders to come and tell them what the outcome was.
Residents chanted slogans and waved placards saying, "We don't want rapists in our community", and "Away with rapists".
The two accused, Jeremiah Nhlapo, 34, and his girlfriend Maleshoane Monokoa, 28, appeared in court briefly.
Nhlapo and Monokoa of Orange Farm are accused of raping and killing Mofokeng at their home on December 10 last year.
It is alleged that Monokoa pinned Mofokeng down and placed her hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming while Nhlapo raped her.
After the rape they allegedly strangled her before dumping her body in a veld near her home. Her body was found the following day.
Nhlapo was arrested the same day and Monokoa a week later. They will appear in court on March 14.