DEAD: Shafieka, Mishka
A memorial service was held on Wednesday for the mother and toddler killed by her boyfriend, who hid their bodies in their house in Delft.

The Delft Women’s Network, the community of Delft, religious leaders and the police all came to pay their respects to Shafieka Petersen, 38, and her one-year-old child, Mishka.

Shafieka’s boyfriend, Paul Evans, 49, from Walmer Estate, admitted in the Bellville Magistrate's Court last week that he had killed them and hid their bodies.

On 23 November, the landlord at Tupelo Court, in N2 Gateway, found the decomposed body of Mishka, wrapped in blankets, hidden inside a tiny kitchen cupboard.

Police came to remove the body, but two days later, when “the smell of death” wouldn’t leave the one-room flatlet, cops were called back to the scene, where they found Shafieka’s badly decomposed body hidden inside a big plastic bucket, also wrapped in blankets.

WREATH-LAYING: Mense paid their respects in Delft

On Wednesday, mourners returned to the house for a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony and to pray for change in their community.

Cluster CPF chairperson Reggie Maart said the incident had sparked outrage and described it as “pure evil”.

“This incident has wounded a family and wounded the community as well. In this past year, how many lives have been lost and how many more will we still lose?” he asked.

“We, as the community, need to join hands with each other with our churches and the police. We need to put an end to these senseless murders and crime in our community,” said Maart.

The mom and child were buried last Friday according to Muslim custom.

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