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Reiger Park residents call for death penalty for Taegrin's killer

There was an outburst by angry residents in court today as Thamsanqa Twala appeared in the dock.

FILE: Thamsanqa Twala was arrested on Monday, three months after Taegrin Morris was killed. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Angry Reiger Park residents have called for the return of the death penalty during the first appearance of Taegrin Morris's alleged killer, Thamsanqa Twala, in the Boksburg Magistrates Court.

Twala was arrested on Monday, three months after the four-year-old boy was dragged behind his mother's hijacked car.

Twala is facing charges including murder and hijacking.

There was an outburst by angry residents in court today as the suspect appeared in the dock.

Community leader Hein April says Twala must spend the rest of his life behind bars.

"We will not accept bail for that man."

A woman has called on authorities to work swiftly to arrests the other suspects responsible for the crime.

"There are more and all of them must be brought to book."

The suspect will return to court next week for a formal bail application.

Earlier today, calls for the death penalty were also made by Diepsloot residents after the sentencing of a convicted child killer and rapist.

Ntokozo Hadebe was handed nine life sentences for the 2013 murders of Yonelisa and Zandile Mali and five-year-old Anelisa Mkhonto.

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