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Identikit of Diepsloot suspect released

Police have offered a R100,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Police have released an identikit of the man suspected of murdering two toddlers in Diepsloot. Picture: Twitter/@SAPoliceService

JOHANNESBURG - Police have this morning released an identikit of the man suspected of killing two young girls in Diepsloot this week.

The police have also offered R100,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the man suspected of killing the two- and three-year old cousins.

According to a joint media statement from the South African Police Service and Crime Line, the suspect is in his early 30s, not older than 34, with a slight build and he is about 1.7m tall.

He is light in complexion and was wearing a wool hat. It is believed that he has different colour wool hats. He has a cut on the lower lip and wears a red ring on his left hand and ropes on his left ankle. He is believed to be either from Kwazulu Natal or Swaziland.

Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says a special team of detectives is doing everything possible to catch the man who kidnapped and murdered the two young girls.

The cousins disappeared on Saturday and were discovered in a public toilet cubicle on Tuesday.

Mothiba says police have been helping the families from the moment the girls vanished.

"We're hoping to make a breakthrough urgently."

There are also fears a serial killer may be at work in the area.

GOVERNMENT REACTS TO CHILD MURDERS

Meanwhile, the ANC and the Democratic Alliance have called for government intervention to curb crimes against children.

In Katlehong two sisters aged one and three were found dead alongside their ill mother in an abandoned building on Wednesday.

Police said authorities can't rule out the possibility that she could be a suspect in the crime.

They added the father is the main suspect at this stage after the mother told authorities she believed he wanted to poison her and their children with a bottle of juice.

The ANC's Keith Khoza says society must expose those who harm children.

"The community must hold united and let the Community Policing Forums play their role in dealing with these situations. We believe government should do something in terms of proper investigation."

ANOTHER CHILD MURDER IN LIMPOPO

At the same time a manhunt is underway for a 33-year old suspect allegedly behind what appears to be another gruesome murder involving a toddler, this time in Limpopo.

Police say the man allegedly killed his young wife and her one-year old child on Tuesday.

The police have identified the suspect from Mapuve Village in Giyani who uses the names Zacharia Shitlangu and Thomas Mpho Mohoutsi.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi says the motive of the killing is unknown.