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Diepsloot: NPA preparing ‘watertight’ case

The case against five men accused of murdering and raping the Mali cousins will resume on Thursday.

The tiny coffins of Yonelisa and Zandile Mali are pictured shortly before burial on 19 October 2013. The young cousins were found raped and murdered in Diepsloot earlier in the week. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it's preparing a "watertight case" against five men accused of the kidnapping, rape and murders of Diepsloot cousins Zandile and Yonelisa Mali.

Four suspects have been formally charged with the crime while a fifth man, believed to be the prime suspect, is yet to be charged.

However, police say he has already confessed to killing the two and three-year-old girls.

All suspects have indicated they will be applying for legal aid and have been remanded in custody until their next court appearance on Thursday.

The NPA's Medupe Simasiku refused to be drawn on what the prime suspect's confession means for the state's case against him.

He says details will emerge when the case resumes on Thursday.

"The matter against accused number five has been postponed to the 24th.

"This is to give him the opportunity to join the other four accused who appeared last Friday because he's facing the same charges."

Simasiku says those charges are two counts of murder, two counts of rape and two counts of kidnapping.