Diepsloot deaths: Alleged killer recants confession

Court proceedings were delayed after the alleged killer recanted his confession.

The bodies of two little girls were removed from this toilet cubicle where they were found dumped. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

PRETORIA - The admissibility of a confession in the trial of an alleged Diepsloot killer has delayed proceedings in the High Court in Pretoria.

Ntokozo Hadebe is on trial for the kidnapping, rape and murder of three children in September and October last year.

Two of his alleged victims were cousins Yonelisa and Zandile Mali.

Their bodies were found in a toilet cubicle two days after they went missing.

Magistrate Carel Kruger has had to testify on Hadebe's demeanour on the day he confessed in court to the murder of the Mali cousins, which he later recanted.

Kruger says the accused appeared tense, but was not uncomfortable when he made the confession.

Hadebe is also on trial for the rape and murder of five-year-old Anelisa Mkhonto, whose body was found a month before the Mali cousins.

He allegedly kidnapped the girls, took them to his shack, where he raped and killed them before dumping their bodies.

Mkhonto was found in a dustbin while the bodies of the Mali cousins were hidden in a public toilet cubicle.