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3 suspects taken in over Diepsloot murders

Calm has been restored in the area after residents vented their anger throughout the day on Tuesday.

Calm has been restored in the area after residents vented their anger throughout the day on Tuesday.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learned three people have been taken in for questioning over the double murder in Diepsloot which has shocked the nation.

Calm has been restored in the area after residents vented their anger throughout the day on Tuesday.

The bodies of two cousins, two- and three-year-old Zandile and Yonelisa Mali, were discovered in a toilet cubicle.

The toddlers had disappeared on Saturday.

It appears a suspect has been identified and police are trying to track him down.

There are no police vans patrolling the area at present and the rubble which had blockaded roads has been removed.

Angry residents took to the streets on Tuesday, stoning vehicles, looting foreign-owned shops and burning tyres to obstruct traffic.

Some businesses, which shut down as a result of the violence, re-opened their doors on Wednesday morning.

MOKONYANE PRAISES DIEPSLOOT RESIDENTS

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says the Diepsloot community has already provided invaluable information to the police about the double murder.

Mokonyane says residents are working with detectives.

"The community was able to provide the police with information on the site where some items that belonged to the two girls were found."

She says criminals must not be allowed to divide the community.

"If we work together we can find the culprits and we hope the arrested suspects will help solve the case."

TASK TEAM INVESTIGATING

Meanwhile, police should soon have a clearer picture of whether a serial killer is on the prowl in Diepsloot.

For detectives, it's a race against the clock, as anger bubbles in the township and residents threaten foreigners living the area.

The murders continue to be met with outrage, including "shock and dismay" from President Jacob Zuma.

At least five members of the police's elite Investigative Psychology Unit were at the crime scene on Tuesday and are now analysing evidence.

The unit has helped detectives on some of the country's most high-profile cases, including the Oscar Pistorius shooting.

National Police Chief Riah Phiyega has also tasked Gauteng Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba to make the case a top priority.

Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale says Phiyega has commissioned a special team to prioritise the investigation into the murders.

"We want to make sure that the people who have done this are brought to book."

Zuma has urged the Diepsloot community not to take the law into their own hands and to work with police in order to make sure those responsible are caught and prosecuted.