Diepsloot: Accused to appear in court

The five men accused of raping and murdering two children in Diepsloot will appear in court on Friday.

FILE: Diepsloot residents outside court. Picture:Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The five men accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering two Diepsloot cousins are due to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

The group appeared together for the first time last week, but their case was postponed to obtain DNA results and to check the authenticity of the identities of four of the accused after officials picked up some discrepancies.

The men were arrested after the mutilated bodies of Zandile (3) and Yonelisa Mali (2) were found dumped inside a communal toilet two weeks ago.

This happened three days after they had been kidnapped from their home in Diepsloot Ext 1.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Medupi Simasiku says a Home Affairs investigation meant to check the authenticity of the identities of four of the accused has been concluded.

But Simasiku says the prosecution will only find out if DNA results meant to link four of the accused to the crime will be made available in court.

"The police deal with that procedure."

He says if DNA results don't link four of the accused to the rape and murder, the court might be forced to reconsider charges against the men.

The prime suspect in the case has confessed to the crimes.


Meanwhile, Johannesburg police are investigating the rape of another child in Diepsloot.

The township has seen a number of attacks against children over the past few months.

In the latest incident, the child's mother told police she left her three-year old in the care of her father and uncle on Friday night, but noticed something was wrong the following morning.

The mother said when she tried to bath her daughter she noticed her child was in pain.

She said her brother-in-law has been arrested in connection with the crime.

Furthermore, the body of a baby was also found dumped in a local stream in the area.

Police are still searching for the child's mother.