‘Diepsloot children under siege’

Residents believe children are targets after the bodies of two toddlers were discovered.

The bodies of two little girls have been removed from the toilet cubicle where they were found. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The bodies of two young girls murdered in Diepsloot have now been removed from the toilet cubicle where community members found them early this morning.

The toddlers, who are cousins aged two and three years old, vanished from their home in the northern Johannesburg township on Saturday.

They were last seen in the area, walking with an unidentified man.

Community members say they no longer feel safe in Extension 1 because their children are under siege.

They say they are deeply worried about the recent spate of child rapes and murders in the area and do not believe police are doing enough to protect their children.

Diepsloot residents have now vowed to take the law into their own hands if they catch anyone suspected of the murders.

Forensic teams loaded the bodies of the little girls into a mortuary van, which has now driven away from the crime scene.

No one has yet been arrested and police are investigating the possibility that the pair may have been raped.

Meanwhile, more than 10 meters of the crime scene has been cordoned off by yellow police tape where hundreds of shocked community members have gathered.

ANOTHER DIEPSLOOT CHILD KILLED

The grandmother of a five-year-old girl who was found dead in Diepsloot over a month ago has called on police to make swift arrests.

The girl's body was found next to a dumpster and police believe she may have also been raped.

No arrests have been made in connection with this murder.

It remains unknown whether all three murders were committed by the same person.