Phiyega assigns team to Diepsloot murders

Foreigners have been targeted by community members after the murder of two young children.

Angry Diepsloot residents venting their frustrations over the murder of two little girls in the area. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has dispatched a special team to track down those behind the murder of two young girls in Diepsloot.

The bodies of Zandile and Yonelisa Mali were discovered in a toilet cubicle, mutilated and murdered on Tuesday morning after they went missing on Saturday.

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."

But a woman says residents want to take the law into their own hands until something is done to stop the murders of young children in the area.

"The law is loose because the criminals' rights are overpowering [those of the] victims."

On Tuesday afternoon journalists and police were chased out of the area by a group of angry residents, who had apparently planned to continue looting and vandalising foreign owned shops overnight.

The angry residents said they no longer wanted foreigners to own shops or live in the area, as they blamed the recent spate of murders of little girls on them.

The community is making allegations that the murders, kidnappings and rapes of children are being committed against girls of the same ethnic group, and they are accusing foreigners of being involved.

Community members spent the day chasing foreigners from their shops and then looting them.

At the same time, President Jacob Zuma has expressed his shock at the murders saying "these gruesome incidents of extreme torture don't belong to the society South Africa is trying to build".

To watch a video of a Diepsloot resident stoning an Eyewitness News vehicle, click here.