Hopes for a Diep­sloot guilty plea

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THE NA­TIONAL Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity says it “hopes” the re­main­ing man ac­cused of kid­nap­ping, rap­ing and killing two tod­dlers in Diep­sloot will plead guilty.

Charges against his four coac­cused were with­drawn in the Pre­to­ria Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

Mag­is­trate Len Miller then post­poned the case to Novem­ber 27 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The fifth man will re­main in cus­tody.

Re­cently ap­pointed Na­tional Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions Mx­olisi Nx­as­ana told re­porters out­side the court that the fifth man had con­fessed to the killings.

“What is com­fort­ing is ( that) ac­cused num­ber five has con­fessed to the mur­ders al­though he hasn’t done it in court,” he said.

“We are hop­ing that in time, af­ter con­sult­ing with his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, that he will plead guilty to the charges, and we are hop­ing to se­cure a con­vic­tion of three mur­ders.”

This was be­cause, through the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killings, the man had been linked to the mur­der of another tod­dler, Anelisa Mkondo, in Septem­ber.

“That in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still un­der way, but in terms of the DNA ev­i­dence, there is a con­nec­tion to that,” Nx­as­ana said.

He pleaded with com­mu­nity mem­bers not to take the law into their own hands once the four other men were re­leased.

Ear­lier, State prose­cu­tor Ma­tric Lupondo said the ev­i­dence showed the four men were not in Diep­sloot at the time of the rape and mur­der of two-year-old Yonelisa Mali and her three-year-old cousin, Zandile Mali.

”(The ar­rests were) based on the ev­i­dence avail­able at the time, which was ba­si­cally ( that) the rape and mur­der of the kids was near the res­i­dence they re­side (in),” Lupondo said.

“There was no eye­wit­ness, nor any ev­i­dence link­ing the ac­cused one, two, three and four to the crime.” – Sapa

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