She had been in her mother’s care when her father was arrested. He was recently released from prison after serving time for theft.
“The birth of Chevonne Avril Rusch is in the process of being registered to obtain a death certificate. Her burial can only take place after this documentation has been received,” Bolhuis told TimesLIVE.
“We request any person with any information regarding [alleged] neglect, mistreatment and the murder of Chevonne or any other children [in Klopper Park] to contact the lead investigator in this matter, Maatje Swanepoel, on 066-007-1818 to have these matters attended to properly by the relevant authorities,” Bolhuis said.
The councillor for the area where Rusch lived, Kade Guerreiro, said residents in Klopper Park are sad, angry and shocked at the news of Chevonne’s death.
“Women and children abuse is at an all-time high and the community wants justice. They are horrified,” Guerreiro said.
Should the accused be found guilty, he said, residents are demanding a life sentence.