Officials visit Diepsloot family, calm restored
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and officials from the City of Joburg are visiting the Mali family.
JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of community members have made their way to the families of two young girls who were raped and murdered this week.
Five men have been arrested in connection with the murders of Zandile and Yonalisa Mali, whose bodies were found in a toilet cubicle on Tuesday.
The girls, aged two and three, will be buried at the Diepsloot Cemetery at 10am on Saturday morning.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and officials from the City of Joburg are visiting the Mali family on Friday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, there was a standoff between ANC and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters gathered outside a satellite police station in the northern Johannesburg township.
Political parties clashed over who should administer aid to the bereaved family of the two young cousins.
Scores of residents formed a human shield blocking the main entrance to Diepsloot, where members of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) were holding a memorial service for the girls.
Community members gathered at the police building, singing, chanting and holding placards reading, "Stop killing and raping our children."
Community members say they've had enough of child murders in the area and are calling for better policing.
Hundreds of residents and ANCYL members handed over a memorandum of demands.
Police managed to restore calm to the area.
The tactical response unit is keeping a close eye on community members.
Meanwhile, the four suspects will return to court on Thursday.
The main suspect, who was arrested overnight, will be charged with rape and murder on Monday when he appears in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.