Mali family shocked at Diepsloot baby death

By Drum Digital
12 November 2013

The family of Diepsloot toddlers Yonelisa and Zandile Mali killed last month have expressed shock over the death of a baby in the same area.

"We are surprised about [the child's death] because we thought all this was over when they arrested that man but it's still continuing," the toddlers' grandmother Vinah Mali said in Xhosa on Monday.

The seven-month-old baby's mutilated body was found in a shack in the area, north of Johannesburg, on Sunday.

The baby's mother reported the death to the police early on Sunday morning, claiming rats attacked her child. When police arrived on the scene, the woman had disappeared. Pathology tests apparently confirmed that rats attacked the child.

But, police spokesman Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said a case of murder was being investigated.

"We have registered a case of murder, but initially it was an inquest," Mofokeng said.

Police arrived to find the baby's body with a foot missing.

"Further investigations informed police that [the foot] was bitten off by rats."

Police were still awaiting the results of the post mortem to definitively determine the cause of death. Mofokeng said the baby's mother was missing and had still not been located by Monday morning, contrary to media reports.

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