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Pretoria - All five suspects in the murders of cousins Zandile, 3, and Yonelisa Mali, 2, from Diepsloot will appear in the dock together on Thursday on charges of kidnapping, rape and murder.
The fifth suspect, a 28-year-old man from Alexandra in Joburg, who appeared briefly in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday, has allegedly confessed to committing the crimes, but the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) declined to elaborate further.
“We cannot reveal the contents of his confession until it has emerged in court,” NPA spokesman Medupe Simasiku said.
The slender man, who wore a red shirt and denim pants, is not a resident of Diepsloot, according to the charge sheet, but it is believed he took the two girls to a shack, where he raped them and strangled them with his hands and a clothes hanger.
He was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning after police put out a reward of R100 000 for information leading to an arrest and successful conviction.
The other four suspects appeared in court on Friday.
All five accused face two counts of kidnapping, rape and murder. The girls went missing on October 12.
Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana sat in the front row of the court room.
“I am calling on the court not to give this man bail. If he is let free, he will go for other children.
“The streets are not safe as long as he walks free,” she said.
A number of Diepsloot residents attended the proceedings.
Palesa Taba Ndakwende said she would be back on Thursday because she wants to remain informed on the case’s progress.
“I have three children and I don’t want this to happen to them.
“These children were innocent and we are saddened by what happened.
“These people must suffer for what they have done,” she said.
All five suspects will remain in custody until their next appearance and have not yet pleaded.