Katlehong mom arrested for murders

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

Police on the scene where two bodies of young girls were found in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - 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.


Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana is visiting the family of the two toddlers who were murdered earlier this week.

The bodies of two-year-old Yonelisa and her 3-year-old cousin Zandile Mali were found in a public toilet cubicle in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

Earlier on Thursday, police released an identikit of the man suspected of killing the two young girls.

Police also offered a R100,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the man suspected of killing the cousins.

According to a joint media statement by 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 wears a wool hat. It is believed that he wears 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.

Xingwana called on communities to help prevent these crimes by reporting all suspicious activities to police and social workers.

"As government, we are doing all in our power to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book."

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.