police forensic officers gsther at the scene where two children aged 2 and 3 were found dead in an outside toilet in Diepsloot extension one this morning. picture:Antoine de Ras, 15/10/2013

Johannebsurg - President Jacob Zuma has expressed shock and dismay at the murder of two toddlers in Diepsloot north of Johannesburg, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

“These gruesome incidents of extreme torture and murder of our children do not belong to the society that we are continuously striving to build together,” Zuma said.

“We condemn these murders in the strongest possible terms. Whilst we appeal to the communities not to take the matters into their hands, we also want to urge them to work with law enforcement authorities to find the perpetrators and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”

The girls, aged two and three, were found dead in a toilet cubicle by a resident on Tuesday morning.

Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said they were reported missing on Saturday by their parents.

AgangSA urged the police to act with speed in their investigation.

“We urge the police to act with speed in their investigations to ensure that whoever is or are responsible for the shocking crime against these children are brought to book,” said Vanessa Hani, Women’s Forum co-ordinator.

She visited the family of the girls. The party identified them as Zandile Mali and Yonelisa Mali.

“The story of the girls’ family is too sad for words. Theirs is a story of poverty, denial of dignity - hopelessness that is repeated all over the country.

“It is a story of millions of our fellow citizens who live like forgotten people after almost 20 years of freedom,” she said.

She said that the family of 11 people – with Zandile and Yolisa included – lived in a cramped shack that afforded them no privacy.