Lenasia suspect released again

The 24-year-old man was released for a second time due to a lack of evidence.

The house in Lenasia where two women were found dead on 18 September 2013. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A man arrested for last week's double murder in Lenasia was released on Monday due to a lack of evidence.

He was due to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court in connection with the murders of elderly sisters, Hawa and Julie Gora.

They were killed in a robbery at their Johannesburg south home exactly a week ago.

Their bodies were discovered by a family member two days later.

One of them had a stroke and was bed-ridden at the time of the crime, while the other was in a wheelchair.

Before the suspect could appear before the magistrate, police decided to release him, saying they did not have a strong enough case.

The 24-year-old man was arrested on Friday after a neighbour reported seeing him at the Gora home on the night of the crime.

It's the second time he has been arrested for the crime after he and another suspect were briefly detained on Wednesday.

At the court, he sobbed as he approached his parents.

The man has been taken to a place of safety.

Authorities fear he could be attacked by the Lenasia community, who say they are sick of the crime in the area.

The state says the elderly sisters were also sexually assaulted.

Officials are now awaiting DNA results, which may take up to three months to complete.