Remember Raynecia Korjie

By: Anele Gcwabe

Age: 7

Province: Western Cape

Died: 12 June 2020

Drowned to death with her mother, Altecia Korjie, in the next room, at a house in Belhar, Western Cape, on Friday, 12 June 2020. Once again, this young lady and her mother were killed by a person they knew. The family of murdered mom Altecia Kortje and her seven-year-old daughter told the Daily Voice that they believe her boyfriend killed them because he could not deal with rejection.

The 28-year-old accused, who is the nephew of alleged Sexy Boys gang boss, Jerome “Donkie” Booysen, made his first appearance at the Bellville Magistrates’ Court in June 15, 2020 on a double charge of murder. He was arrested on the previous Friday, after the bodies of his estranged girlfriend Altecia, 27, and their daughter Raynecia Kortje were found inside his family’s home in Commerce Way, Belhar. Altecia’s family says the house belonged to Donkie and that he was the one who had found the bodies on that fateful Friday.

Sources close to the investigation revealed that Raynecia had been drowned in bathwater. Raynecia was in Grade 1 at Belhar Primary School and has been described as a bubbly, talkative little girl. According to her mother’s family, the parents of Raynecia had a rocky relationship, and had broken up several times. They said that on the previous Monday, the young mother had gone to police to get an interdict against her berk. They said that the trouble started three days before, when he allegedly took his two children from Altecia, who lived with her family in Delft. Altecia’s mother, Dorina Kortje, 54, said that “He fetched the children on Friday (5 June). He just came and took them. On Monday, Altecia said she was going to get an interdict.” Dorina said that she last saw Altecia on Tuesday around 4pm “She said she was going to fetch her children in Belhar.”

Caught in the cross-fire, Raynecia was killed by her drug addict father who was acting out from a bruised ego. Two lives lost too soon, all because another man could not handle rejection. A man thought that he owned a woman, so he killed her when she wanted to leave. This man who thought that he was entitled to these two lives, still lives and breathes, and might even get a second chance in life. May we always remember Raynecia and her mother, Altecia.

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