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Hankey community outraged by killings

Seven people arrested for the murder and rape of a girl (6), and her aunt are in court today.

Seven people arrested for the murder and rape of a girl (6), and her aunt are in court today.

CAPE TOWN - Seven people, arrested in connection with the murder and rape of a six-year-old girl and her aunt in Hankey, are expected to apply for bail today.

Neighbours found the victims bodies last weekend.

It's believed those responsible for the murders tried to burn their corpses.

The community last week handed in a petition at the local Magistrates Court demanding the suspects not be granted bail.

Ward counsellor Thandeka Maseti says this is bad especially that it has happened on a month dedicated to women.

"They aren't respecting women and children rights as well. So really we are now in a bad space, we are afraid, we don't know what to do anymore. But the community has stood up and showed unity."

Two of the suspects are family members of the deceased.

Maseti said community members will be protesting outside court.

"We are going to stop them from getting bail because really we don't see them as human beings. Because what they did, really, even older people fear for their lives."