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Diepsloot child murderer found guilty

The bodies of Zandile & Yonelisa Mali were found in a Diepsloot toilet cubicle 2 days after they went missing.

FILE: The coffins of Yonelisa and Zandile Mali are pictured shortly before burial on 19 October 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

PRETORIA -The man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering three young children in Diepsloot has been found guilty in the High Court in Pretoria.

Ntokozo Hadebe raped and murdered five-year-old Anelisa Mkhonto last year and just five months later he sexually assaulted and killed Yonelisa and Zandile Mali.

The bodies of the Mali cousins were found in a toilet cubicle in Diepsloot two days after they went missing.

The township erupted in violent protests and soon after Hadebe handed himself in to police and confessed to the crime.

Hadebe was found guilty on all 12 charges including three of murder, three of kidnapping and six of rape.

His defence team has argued he should receive a 30-year sentence as he had an absent father.

The state however believes Hadebe deserves the maximum sentence as he showed no remorse and pretended to suffer from memory loss in a bid to secure a lighter sentence.

Hadebe also argued he's mentally unwell and should therefore not be made to spend a lengthy time behind bars.

While there's been little reaction from family members, Mkhonto's grandmother wiped away tears as she told reporters she's relieved her granddaughter's killer has finally been convicted.

Sentencing is expected to be handed down tomorrow.