Fear and anger grip township where three little girls have been killed

2013-10-16 00:00

THE Diepsloot township near Johannesburg erupted in anger yesterday when it emerged that another two toddler girls had been murdered there.

Cousins Yonalisa (2) and Zandile Mali (3) were also possibly raped, said Honeydew police spokesperson Major-General Oswald Reddy.

The bodies of the little girls were found in an outside toilet at 5 am yesterday.

The discovery followed the rape and murder last month in the same township of Analisa Mkhondo (5). Her body was found on a rubbish heap near the same toilet.

Yonalisa and Zandile disappeared from their house on Saturday, sparking a days-long search by police and local people.

Reddy said the two cases are being investigated together. No one has been arrested yet.

“The two scenes where the children were found are very close together. The modus operandi is similar. The way their bodies were when found is similar. We are waiting for the results of the postmortems before we can announce the causes of death. But I can say they were brutally murdered,” said Reddy.

Analisa also disappeared on a Saturday. Her body was found on the following Monday.

Sisanda Mali, Zandile’s mother, last saw her daughter and Yonalisa before she went to the shops on Saturday.

When she returned home they were nowhere to be found.

“I first heard my child had been murdered when the police came to tell me this afternoon.”

Lizzy Chauke, the deputy chair of the SA National Civics Organisation, who lives in Diepsloot, said community leaders cannot tolerate such crimes in the neighbourhood.

She said: “Analisa’s parents have been traumatised all over again because the same thing happened again so close by.”

They live in the street where the cousins’ bodies were found yesterday.

Masechaba Tsimo, a neighbour, said she was upset, angry and heart-sore. “I’m living in fear. I’m scared to leave my children alone.”

When Gauteng Premier Nomvula Moko­nyane arrived to visit the Mali family yesterday, she had to walk to their shack home because residents had set up burning barricades, thrown rubbish around and tipped over toilets.

Addressing them, she said: “Now is not the time to demonstrate. The community must stand together and support the families.”

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