Diepsloot suspect's nationality unknown

2013-10-17 17:21
An identikit of the man sought by police in connection with the murder of two toddlers in Diepsloot. (SAPS)

An identikit of the man sought by police in connection with the murder of two toddlers in Diepsloot. (SAPS)

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Johannesburg - A man wanted for murdering the two toddlers found dead in Diepsloot could be of any nationality, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

"Only after we arrest the man can we establish his true nationality," said police spokesperson Neville Malila.

Police released an identikit of the man, who was initially thought to be Mozambican.

"We have conducted several interviews with members of the [Diepsloot] community and possible witnesses, since it was thought the man was Mozambican.

"The information we have gathered leans more to the suspect being from Swaziland or from KwaZulu-Natal, but at this stage he could be from anywhere," Malila said.


Police were offering a R100 000 reward for information leading to his arrest and successful prosecution.

"The suspect is in his early 30s, not older than 34, [of] slight build, 1.7m tall, light in complexion, and was wearing a wool hat," spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said.

"It is believed that he has different colour wool hats. He has a cut on the lower lip and a red ring on his left hand."

Four foreigners had been taken in for questioning.

The bodies of 2-year-old Yonelisa Mali and her cousin Zandile Mali, 3, were found in a public toilet cubicle in Diepsloot at 05:00 on Tuesday by a resident.

They were reported missing at the weekend.

Residents went on the rampage after the bodies were discovered.

Police said a team of detectives had been appointed to investigate the murders.

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