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Diepsloot suspects to face charges

The three suspects are all foreign nationals, and were found with South African IDs.

The three suspects are all foreign nationals, and were found with South African IDs.

JOHANNESBURG - The three suspects arrested in connection with the rape and double murder of two Diepsloot toddlers are due to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates' Court this morning.

The men, who were initially taken in for questioning this week, are facing rape and murder charges

They are alleged to have kidnapped, raped, mutilated and murdered two- and three-year-old Zandile and Yonelisa Mali, before dumping their little bodies inside a communal toilet.

The men were taken in hours after the gruesome discovery of the little girls' bodies.

The three suspects are all foreign nationals, and were found with South African IDs.

The police's Oswald Reddy says they are checking the authenticity of the documents.

"The Department of Home Affairs is helping us to verify because there were some discrepancies that were found on the IDs."

Meanwhile, a fourth man, who is the main suspect, is still at large.

DISCREPANCIES IN IDS FOUND

Police say they've picked up discrepancies in the ID documents of the three men arrested.

Two of the men are from Mozambique while the other one is from Swaziland but they were found with South African IDs.

Reddy says they are waiting for results of DNA samples taken from the men, which will be used to link them to the crime.

"We're still waiting for the DNA sample that was taken from them to be verified and we're applying for a seven day remand so we can continue with the investigation."

Scores of Diepsloot youths are expected to march in the area on Friday in protest against the murders.