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Occult unit investigates Soweto murders

The Gauteng deputy police chief says the motive for the murders is unknown.

Forensic pathologists carry the body of one of the girls found dead in Dobsonville, Soweto, on 19 February 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of an occult unit have been called in to probe the murder of two teenage girls, Gauteng Deputy Police Commissioner Tebello Mosikili said on Wednesday.

The bodies of the girls, aged 15 and 16, were discovered in Soweto this morning.

A pathology team prepares to remove the bodies. Pictures: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

Razor blades and black candles, which had been burnt, were found at the crime scene.

Mosikili says the motive for the murders remains unknown.

"The crime scene experts are there to collect all the evidence. The investigators from the provincial occult team will take over. Two colleagues are already at the crime scene."

The mother of one of the girls sobs uncontrollably.

In a wide-ranging briefing, Mosikili also gave updates on the recent spate of taxi-related murders, illegal mining, protests and the discovery of another dead child in Diepsloot.

She appealed to communities to assist police with these cases.