How the Diepsloot toddlers died

2013-10-22 00:00

THE two toddler girls from Diepsloot were throttled by an adult hand, after which wire coat hangers were twisted tightly around their necks and their bodies dumped in a public toilet.

Before they were murdered, the girls were held in a locked hut.

The outline of how the lives of Yonelisa (2) and Zandile (3) Mali were cut short after a night of fear was presented in the preliminary charge sheet in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

A fifth suspect, who was arrested last Friday, appeared on charges of murder, abduction and rape.

The man from Alexandra in Johannesburg made a confession on his alleged involvement in the crimes to a Pretoria magistrate.

His trial was postponed to Thursday, when he will appear with four co-accused in court.

Clad in a red T-shirt, the man listened expressionlessly as advocate Matric Luphondo for the state said that a legal aid attorney was available for the accused.

He cannot be identified until he has pleaded on the charges against him.

The four co-accused, aged 53, 49, 32 and 25, all live in Diepsloot, while three of them are originally from Mozambique.

They were arrested last Tuesday, shortly after the bodies of the girls were found.

National Prosecution Authority spokesperson Medupe Simasiku confirmed outside the court that the fifth suspect had made a confession.

“The other four suspects did not make any confessions and the investigation continues. We will oppose bail for all the suspects,” he said.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, praised the police and the community for the quick arrests.

Members of Agang sang outside the court wearing T-shirts printed with the deceased girls’ faces.

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