Hundreds of mourners gathered in South Africa for the funeral of a 17-year-old girl, who was gang-raped and badly mutilated in an act of violence that sparked outrage across the country.

The funeral took place on Saturday in Bredasdorp, a small town about 80 kilometres outside Cape Town.

Mourners carried her white coffin, adorned with flowers, to be buried. Family members openly wept during the funeral service, attended by government leaders and activists.

Three men, including her ex-boyfriend, have been arrested over her death and are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

The attack has sparked calls from South Africa’s President to stop the high incidence of rapes in the nation.

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