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‘Speed up Diepsloot case’

Activists want the state to avoid any delays in the rape and murder case of two Diepsloot cousins.

Diepsloot residents outside court. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

PRETORIA - Women and Men Against Child Abuse say the trial of the five men accused of murdering two young girls in Diepsloot should be dealt with swiftly to avoid further enraging the residents of that township.

The men made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The bodies of Zandile and Yonelisa Mali were found dumped inside a communal toilet cubicle last week.

Women and Men Against Child Abuse spokesperson Vincentia Ngobese says the state should avoid unnecessary delays.

"We want the state and even the magistrate to be intolerant of unnecessary delays because we just don't have time. These are our children and we have a responsibility to safeguard their well-being."

The case against five men was postponed for further investigations.

The group appeared together for the first time on Thursday.

The prosecution asked for the matter to be postponed to next week Friday for further investigation.

It is understood this will also allow the Home Affairs Department enough time to verify the identities of four of the accused after officials picked up some discrepancies.