Vlakfontein mass murder accused expected to apply for bail

20 November 2018 - 07:00 By NALEDI SHANGE
The prime suspect in the murder of seven women and children in Vlakfontein sits in Lenasia Magistrate's Court.
The prime suspect in the murder of seven women and children in Vlakfontein sits in Lenasia Magistrate's Court.
Image: Nonkululeko Njilo

The bail application of two men accused of involvement in the gruesome murder members of the Khoza family members from Vlakfontein, south of Johannesburg, is expected to start on Tuesday.

The pair could possibly shed some light into how seven family members, which included three women and four children, ended up dead and buried in their Vlakfontein home in last month.

Sixty-one-year-old Fita Khupe and his 27-year-old co-accused are to appear in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court alongside separate lawyers. The 27-year-old may not be named because he faces three rape charges, and is yet to plead.

The court heard last week how both men had submitted statements to the police.

It was also revealed, however, that the two appear to not be in good terms, with the younger man saying that Khupe had threatened him.

Neighbours of the Vlakfontein family alleged that Khupe had been involved in a romantic relationship with one of the women who was found killed and buried in a shallow grave in the family home. They had been dating for at least a decade.

The 27-year-old suspect was alleged to have introduced himself to the Khoza family under the false name of Sibusiso Khoza, stating to be long-lost relative. He connected with them via Facebook.

The court has since heard that this was not his real name and he is an illegal immigrant from Zimbabwe. He was arrested while trying to cross the border back to Zimbabwe just days after the decomposed bodies of the family members were found by police.

The police had been called in by neighbours following a foul smell which came from the house.

On all three occasions that the pair have appeared in court, they have had no communication with each other as they stood in the dock, their feet in shackles.

Community members have come out in their numbers to call for justice to be served.

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