Three charged for Diepsloot murders

The suspects will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Forensic teams loaded the bodies of the little girls into a mortuary van, residents expressed anger and took to the streets threatening to take law into their own hands. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Three suspects taken in for questioning in connection this week's double murder in Diepsloot have been formally charged on Thursday.

The bodies of two and three-year-old Zandile and Yonelisa Mali were found in a communal toilet cubicle in the northern Johannesburg township on Tuesday.

The gruesome discovery sparked violent demonstrations by angry community members.

Protesters looted foreign-owned shops and stoned cars.

Three men will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The police's Oswald Reddy says investigations continue.

"We are still waiting for the DNA samples that were taken from them to be verified and confirmed. We are applying for a seven-day remand so that we can continue with investigations."


A Katlehong mother has been arrested and will be charged with two counts of murder, Gauteng police confirmed on Thursday.

The young mother told authorities she believed her husband wanted to poison her and their children with a bottle of juice.

The two sisters, aged one and three, were found dead alongside their ill mother in an abandoned building at the East Rand township on Wednesday.

According to police, the mother's initial statement was found to be false.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini confirmed the father was located.

"He has already submitted a statement to the police team."

The woman remains in hospital under police guard.

Meanwhile, it emerged yet another toddler was murdered in Limpopo, allegedly by an axe-wielding man from Guyani.

The man allegedly attacked and killed both his wife and her one-year-old after an argument on Tuesday.