Diepsloot murder case to get underway

Diepsloot residents are protesting outside the court where the five suspects are due to appear.

The tiny coffins of Yonelisa and Zandile Mali are pictured shortly before burial on 19 October 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of people are singing and chanting outside the Pretoria Magistrates Court where five men accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering two Diepsloot cousins are due to appear together for the first time.

Four of the men have been formally charged while the remaining suspect who has confessed to the toddlers' killings is set to be charged today.

The bodies of Zandile and Yonelisa Mali were found in a communal toilet cubicle, three days after their disappearance.

They were laid to rest on Saturday.

All five suspects have applied for legal aid and will make their second appearance in court today.

One of them has confessed to the crimes as well as the murder and rape of a six-year-old also in Diepsloot.

But the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says the 29-year-old's confession does not mean he will plead guilty in court and it is not clear if he will face additional charges as police widen their investigation against him.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has called on parents to keep an eye on their children at all times.