Diepsloot residents want justice

Diepsloot residents say they’ve lost faith in the legal system.

Diepsloot residents outside court. Picture:Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Diepsloot say they want to see justice before the end of the year in the case of five men accused of killing two Diepsloot cousins.

The men made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday, where the matter was postponed to next week Friday for further investigation.

They are accused of kidnapping, raping and killing Zandile (3) and Yonelisa Mali (2) then leaving their bodies in a communal toilet.

Emotions ran high in the court as the mothers of toddlers, who sat next to each other, came face to face for the first time with the alleged killers.

Community members packed the public gallery in court D, where the five men appeared together for the first time.

They showed little emotion while standing in the doc.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Medupi Simasiku says the matter was postponed to allow the Home Affairs Department enough time to verify the identities of four of the accused.

"Any case that involves children requires us to expedite everything."


At the same time, activist group Women and Men against Child Abuse says the trial should be dealt with swiftly to avoid further angering the residents of Diepsloot who are outraged by the crimes.

Spokesperson for the group Vincentia Ngobese says the state should avoid unnecessary delays.

"We are aware of what the tactics may be, but we want the state and the magistrate to be intolerant of delays."


Meanwhile, residents of Diepsloot say they've lost faith in the legal system and don't believe the five men accused of killing the girls will pay for their crimes.

A woman says all five men implicated in the deaths of the little cousins should be denied bail so they can experience the full might of the law.

"I don't trust the police and the government because it seems the men will be granted bail and we don't want that."