President Jacob Zuma has arrived at the family home of murdered three-year-old Courtney Pieters in Elsies River.
Zuma’s office says he has expressed shock and repulsion at the gruesome killing.
The girl's body was discovered in Epping over the weekend after she had been missing for more than a week.
Forty-year-old Mortimer Saunders, a boarder in her home, has been arrested for her rape and murder.
Elsies River residents have formed a guard of honour outside the Pieters’ home.
They have called on the government to implement tougher laws to curb violent crime in communities.
A plaque in honour of three-year-old will be unveiled at the house.
Community Policing Forum members are regulating the crowd, eager to get a glimpse of the President.