Diepsloot toddler saga: Protesters take to magistrate's court

After the dead bodies of two toddlers were discovered, Diepsloot residents took to the streets in protest. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

After the dead bodies of two toddlers were discovered, Diepsloot residents took to the streets in protest. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

Supporters of Mamphela Ramphele's Agang SA were among the protesters at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday where five men were to appear for the rape and murder of two toddlers in Diepsloot.

Wearing white party T-shirts, some managed to get seats in the packed courtroom while others waited outside.

Two ANC Women's League members in their green and black attire were also among the early arrivals at the court.

Security guards manned both doors of the court as the group outside swelled to around 50.

Two-year-old Yonelisa Mali and her three-year-old cousin Zandile Mali were found dead in a toilet cubicle last Tuesday.

Four men appeared in court on Friday on charges of rape, murder and kidnapping. The case was postponed for them to apply for Legal Aid.

On Monday, a fifth man, aged 29, appeared in court. He was arrested in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, on Friday after being on the run.

Confessed to committing the crimes
After the bodies of the children were discovered, angry Diepsloot residents stoned cars and burnt tyres in the street outside the local police station in protest.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson on Monday said the last man arrested confessed to committing the crimes.

The man implicated in the murder and rape of the two toddlers also appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

The case was postponed to Thursday when he would join four other men implicated in the murder.

Speaking outside the court, NPA spokesperson Medupe Simasiku said, "He has confessed [to police to] two charges of murder, rape and kidnapping." – Sapa

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