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Diepsloot mothers call for improved safety

The call comes after the murders of two little girls in the township earlier this week.

Mourners gather around the tiny coffins of Yonelisa and Zandile Mali on 19 October 2013. The young cousins were found raped and murdered in Diepsloot earlier in the week. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Diepsloot mothers have called for the police's tactical response team to be deployed in the area to improve the safety of women and children.

The call comes after the murders of two little girls in the township earlier this week.

The residents said on Saturday the recent spate of rapes and murders in the area are a cause for concern.

They also requested that the compact shacks in extension one, which is where three-year-old Zandile and two-year-old Yonalisa Mali were raped and brutally killed, to be demolished and reconfigured so children can play and live in a safe environment.

The two Mali cousins were laid to rest at the Diepsloot cemetery earlier today.

The despondent community members also called on the government to accelerate the construction of housing and infrastructure in the area to improve safety standards.

Residents again accused police of being reactive in their efforts to protect vulnerable members of the community.

It's been an emotional week in Diepsloot with angry community members calling for stiffer sentences against the five men implicated in the kidnapping, rape and killing of the two Mali toddlers.

The toddlers' mutilated bodies were found stuffed in a communal toilet on Tuesday.

On Saturday morning, hundreds of residents including some dignitaries, gathered at the Mali family home to pay their respects.