Premier calls for calm in Diepsloot
Nomvula Mokonyane visited the parents of two children found dead on Tuesday.
JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on Tuesday visited the parents of two young girls killed in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg.
The children disappeared on Saturday and their bodies were discovered in a toilet cubicle this morning.
The cousins, aged two and three, were last seen walking with an unidentified man in the area.
Dozens of armoured police vehicles have been deployed to the area after residents went on the rampage in response to the gruesome discovery.
Protesters barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks.
Many foreign-owned shops were looted.
Angry community members accused police of not doing enough to protect them and their children.
Mokonyane was quick to defend officers, saying parents were responsible for the safety of their children.
She called on locals to assist police with information.
The premier says whoever mutilated and murdered the young girls should hand themselves over to authorities.
She says politicians should not use the situation for politicking ahead of the 2014 General Elections.
Mokonyane appealed for calm as locals threatened to take the law into their own hands.
The premier says a task team comprising of provincial and national police will find the person responsible.
Residents say they are outraged by the recent spate of murders and rapes in the area.
They want the special task force to conduct regular patrols.
In September, a five-year-old girl was found dead next to a dumpster in the same township.
Police believed she may have also been raped.
Nobody has been arrested in connection with that murder.