Diepsloot suspect linked to other crimes

It’s emerged the main Diepsloot murder suspect is being investigated on other charges.

The little girls’ mutilated bodies were discovered dumped inside a communal toilet on Tuesday by a community member. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News understands the prime suspect in the Diepsloot double murder case is also being investigated on other charges and has been linked to a similar crime in the northern Johannesburg township.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has also confirmed he will face the same charges as his four co-accused.

The 34-year-old man appeared briefly in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday morning where the matter was postponed until Thursday when all five suspects will appear together.

Caption - An identikit of the prime suspect in the rape of murder of two Diepsloot toddlers.

Picture: Twitter/@SAPoliceService.

The five suspects are accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering Diepsloot cousins, Zandile (2) and Yonelisa (3) Mali last week.

A dozen police officers and armed guards were deployed to the court to ensure the safety of the suspect as Diepsloot residents had threatened to attack him in court.

Wearing a red t-shirt and blue jeans, the prime suspect appeared composed as he stood in front of the Magistrate in Court D, which was packed to capacity.

The NPA's Medupi Simasiku says, although the man has confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing the two toddlers, he's asked to defend himself in court.

"He has confessed. Unfortunately, we cannot reveal the contents thereof because that needs to be presented in court first."

He is yet to be formally charged.

The man was arrested in the Alexandra township on Thursday night after evading police for two days.

The cousins' mutilated bodies were discovered dumped inside a communal toilet on Tuesday by a community member after they'd been missing for three days.

Caption - The toilet cubicle in which the toddlers' bodies were found. Picture: EWN.

At the same time, Gauteng police have confirmed they are investigating a possible case of child neglect and abandonment.

The parents of the little girls have told police they last saw them playing unsupervised outside their yard.

The police's Oswald Reddy did not rule out the possibility the parents could also be prosecuted.

The two girls were buried at the Diepsloot Cemetery on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 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.

Residents accused police of being inactive in their efforts to protect vulnerable members of the community