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Unveiling ceremony for Diepsloot cousins

The Progressive Women's Movement donated tombstones for Zandile and Yonelisa Mali.

Two tombstones have been donated for the graves of little Zandile and Yonelisa Mali. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Two tombstones have been donated for the graves of murdered Diesploot cousins Zandile and Yonelisa Mali.

The little girls were kidnapped, raped and killed three days after they went missing from their family home in Extension One.

Mourners gather for the funerals of Diesploot cousins Zandile and Yonelisa Mali. Picture: EWN.

Activist group, the Progressive Women's Movement, says it donated the graves in acknowledgement of the plight of the Mali family and to ensure the girls are buried with dignity.

Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana, who attended the private unveiling ceremony on Friday morning, says the men accused of kidnapping, raping and killing the girls do not belong in society.

She says the community of Diepsloot should not rest until justice has been served.

A total of five men have been implicated in the crime.

The men appeared briefly in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday where the matter was postponed to next week Friday for further investigations.

Protesters gathered outside court where several suspects appeared in connection with the rape and murder of Diesploot cousins Zandile and Yonelisa Mali. Picture: EWN.

The movement's Jackie Mofokeng says she hopes the Mali family finds comfort now that the children have been buried with dignity.

A family spokesperson says they are grateful for the gesture and hope the men arrested for the crimes rot in jail.

The mothers of the little girls have been too distraught to speak.

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