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Diepsloot residents outraged

The NPA has dropped charges against four men accused of raping and murdering Zandile and Yonelisa Mali.

Angry Diepsloot residents vent their frustrations over the murder of cousins Zandile and Yonelisa Mali on 15 October.Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Diepsloot residents have expressed outrage at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s decision to drop charges against four of the five men accused of raping and murdering cousins Zandile and Yonelisa Mali.

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

DNA results presented in court on Friday morning could not link the men to the crimes and cellphone records showed they were not even in the northern Johannesburg informal settlement when the girls, aged two and three, went missing.

State prosecutor Matric Luphondo said evidence only links the fifth accused to the crime.

The 29-year-old suspect has confessed to the crime and remains behind bars.

He is due to appear in court later this month.

An ID kit of the man suspected of murdering two toddlers in Diepsloot on 15 October 2013. Picture: Twitter/@SAPoliceService

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

But the men say they now fear for their lives and cannot return home.

The decision has angered Diepsloot residents.

One of the community members says she is fed up.

"I am embarrassed as a woman. Where is justice."

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