Diepsloot couple back in court

The couple face charges of murder and child negligence following the death of the woman’s baby.

FILE: The couple are facing charges of murder and child negligence following the death of the woman’s baby. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - A Diepsloot couple are expected back in court this morning in connection with the death of the woman's seven-month-old baby.

The pair face charges of murder and child negligence.

The infant's mutilated body was discovered by a neighbour on 10 November.

It's understood he had been left alone by his mother overnight.

Police said his foot had been eaten by rats.

The mother and her boyfriend were arrested in connection with the crime last week.

They had been on the run since the discovery of the infant's body.

The 23-year-old mother was found drinking with a friend at a Randburg tavern after a Diepsloot resident called police and told them where they could find her.

She declined to apply for bail last week.

Her boyfriend, a Mozambican national, told the magistrate he had nothing to do with the crime and applied for bail.

He was, however, denied bail because his nationality makes him a flight risk.

The woman's other child, a two-year-old toddler, has since been placed under the care of the Department of Social Development.

The Diepsloot community laid complaints against the woman in September, accusing her of leaving the children alone in the house while she goes out partying.

Community members have made it clear the woman is no longer welcome in Diepsloot after her shack was destroyed by angry residents.

Several child-related crimes have been reported in the northern Johannesburg township in recent months.

In October, the bodies of Diepsloot cousins Zandile and Yonalisa Mali were found dumped inside a communal toilet.

A day later, a newborn baby was dumped in a local stream in Diepsloot extension 6.

Also in October, a mother told police her three-year-old daughter may have been raped while in the care of her father and uncle.

In October and again early in November, Diepsloot residents took to the streets, outraged by the number of crimes there.