The two suspects - 27-year-old Enerst Mabaso and 61-year-old Fita Khupe - accused of the murder of seven family members of the Khoza family at their Vlakfontein home will spend the week behind bars after Lenasia Magistrate Maggie Van Der Merwe postponed the matter on Monday. Picture: ANA

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Vlakfontein murder suspect Mabaso sick, case postponed

JOHANNESBURG, December 4 – The Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto on Tuesday postponed the Vlakfontein murder case after one of the accused Ernest Mabaso reported sick.

The Vlakfontein case saw the bodies of the four children and three adults found buried at their home in southern Johannesburg in October.

Mabaso, 27, and Fita Khupe, 61, are applying for bail on seven counts of murder as well as theft. Mabaso is also facing three additional charges of rape.

On Tuesday, Mabaso’s lawyer Radasi Sekgatja told the court that his client was sick he could not continue with the bail application.

Last week Mabaso told the court that he was forced by Khupe to rape the children before he killed them.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and said his family could afford R5,000 bail.

Mabaso is a South African who was born in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, and holds a diploma in teaching obtained from the University of North West in 2012. The court heard that he was not employed at the time of his arrest.

Mabaso had previously indicated he would be abandoning his application for bail. However, he later opted to submit a formal application which led to the matter being postponed.

The matter will continue on Wednesday and the pair will remain in custody. (ANA)

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