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Diepsloot four fear for their lives

The four men say they now fear for their lives and cannot return home after being accused of rape and murder.

Diepsloot residents outside court. Picture:Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The four men, who were wrongfully accused of murdering two cousins in Diepsloot, say they now fear for their lives and cannot return home.

The state has admitted it failed to find any DNA evidence that could prove that they were involved and questions are being asked about their arrest.

State prosecutor Matric Luphondo says the only evidence links the fifth accused.

The Diepsloot cousins were kidnapped two weeks ago before their bodies were found dumped inside a communal toilet cubicle.

Newly appointed National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) head Mxolisi Nxasana has welcomed the withdrawal of charges against four of the accused.

"I'm very satisfied. The matter was handled by the most senior prosecutor who's the chief prosecutor."

The state said in court it had failed to link any of the four accused to the rape and murder because the men were not even in Diepsloot at the time of the incident.

The decision has angered some residents who've said the men are not welcome back in the township because they can't be trusted.

"We don't trust them anymore. We don't."

There's now only one suspect in the matter who has confessed to killing and raping three Diepsloot little girls in less than two months.

The 29-year-old man remains in custody and will be back in court later this month.

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