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Police appeal for info on Diepsloot mother

Police are hunting for a woman who allegedly dumped her newborn baby in a stream on Saturday.

A newborn was found dead in a Diepsloot stream on 19 October 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

DIEPSLOOT - Police have appealed to Diepsloot residents to come forward with information that could help trace a woman who allegedly dumped her newborn baby in a local stream.

"I saw the baby lying there in the water next to a small tree on bricks. He was not wearing clothes.

"Later, a policeman picked up the child and put him in a plastic bag," said a witness who found the infant.

There is now growing concern over the killings of children in the area.

Parents in Diepsloot say the recent spate of child-related crimes have left them frightened for the safety of their children.

"It's easy for a child to get lost because the shacks are too compact," said one mother.

Residents have called on the government to demolish and reconfigure the compact shacks in Extension One where two and three-year-old Zandile and Yonelisa Mali were raped and brutally killed so children can play and live in a safe environment.

The cousins were buried on Saturday in a ceremony attended by hundreds of residents, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane Gauteng and MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko.

The main suspect in the crime is expected in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Sunday morning on charges of kidnapping, rape and murder.

Diepsloot residents say they want the police's elite unit, controversial tactical response team (also known as amaBerete), to be deployed in the area to improve policing.