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Diepsloot murder: Call for swift arrests

The grandmother of a murdered Diepsloot girl says she wants the killer to suffer the same fate.

A five-year-old girl found dead behind a dumpster in Diepsloot on Monday. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The grandmother of a five-year-old girl who was found dead in Diepsloot on Monday morning called on police to make swift arrests.

The girl's body was found next to a dumpster in the northern Johannesburg township.

The child went missing over the weekend.

Police believe the girl may have been raped by her killer.

The girl's grandmother said she woke up this morning to continue looking for the child, but was soon told her body was found just metres away from the home.

She says the pain is unbearable.

"I cried over and over again, trying to release the pain. Every time someone speaks of her, it hurts all over again."

She said she wants the killer to suffer the same fate as the girl.

"He must follow my little angel. She was still young and innocent. I hope he's arrested and killed, just like he did to my granddaughter."

Forensic officers combed the scene and took DNA samples from the body.

Nobody has been arrested in connection with the murder.

At the same time, police in Katlehong on Gauteng's East Rand are investigating a possible murder case after the body of a four-year-old girl was discovered on Monday morning.

The child was found hanged.

It's understood the girl went missing over the weekend, but her parents did not report her disappearance.

The Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities expressed shock at the killings and called on parents to report missing children.

Minister Lulu Xingwana's spokesperson Phuti Mabelebele says, "We are very disappointed with the rise and increase in murders and violence against children. We would like to appeal to parents to immediately report any missing child. They mustn't wait."

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