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KRAAIFONTEIN: DADDY OF 8 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO WAS MURDERED BY A DRUNK DRIVER
12 Oct 2017, Cape Town: The heartbroken mother of murdered Courtney Pieters, 3, from Elsies River “is not doing well” after she was hospitalised.
Juanita Pieters was taken to the Community Chest in Brooklyn following a diagnosis of tuberculosis meningitis, which has resulted in “a massive growth” on her head.
Due to this, the mom missed a court appearance of her child’s alleged rapist and killer on 6 October.
Earlier this year, shortly after Courtney’s funeral in May, Juanita developed an abscess in her right breast.
The 43-year-old was admitted to Tygerberg hospital a month ago, suffering from TB.
For the past two weeks she has been at Community Chest, where her condition has worsened, according to relatives.
A family member believes the strain of Courtney’s death and people blaming her for the rape and murder of her youngest child had become too much for Juanita.
Cousin Lishel Simmers says: “I spoke to the doctor and he showed me the massive growth on her brain. Sometimes she is OK, but she is also very confused.
“She asks for Courtney all the time and begs me to bring her along for a visit. “We tell her that Courtney is no longer with us, and she will just sink into silence.
“I can’t bear to see her like this. She lives for her children and wants to give them the world. What happened with Courtney is killing her slowly.
I don’t know how to help her, except to just be there for Andrea, 19, Kayla, 13, and Adrian, 7.
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