Then a mother in the group discovered Delvina's body deep in the bushes close to a fountain.
"We were shocked‚ broken and lost for words. God really saved me not to see her body. To see such a small body laying there so vulnerable‚ it was horrible. There are no words to describe how the community felt at that moment."
Community members staged a peaceful walk and prayer session in the streets.
The little girl was described as a smart‚ spontaneous child who loved dancing and singing.
Ruth* said the 35-year-old man arrested for the crime was known to the family.
He appeared in the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
The matter was postponed to April 8 for a formal bail application.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson (NPA) Eric Ntabazalila confirmed that the man had previously been convicted of sexual assault. It is unclear at this stage what sentence he received.
Ntabazalila said the man also had a rape matter against him which was withdrawn in 2018.
NOTE: Ruth* is not the real name of the family spokesperson.