November 6 2018 – SA POLICE say one of the two men arrested at the weekend in connection with the Vlakfontein murder who appeared in the Lenasia Magistrate’s Court on Monday this week is a Zimbabwean.
Earnest Mabaso who was was arrested at the border between Mpumalanga and Limpopo and the other in Dobsonville, Soweto, with Fifita Khupe who said to Mozambican is Zimbabwean.
The two are accused of murdering seven people, four children and three women from the same family, who were discovered buried under a heap of sand at their home a week ago.
Mabaso is facing seven counts of premeditated murder, three counts of rape and one count of theft. Khupe is facing several counts of murder and theft.
Only one suspect, Khupe has applied for bail which the court will decide on Monday. Mabaso will not be applying for bail as he said that he fears for his life at the hands of the community.
The NPA came out saying he is a Zimbabwean national and there is no way that he is related to the Khoza family.
It also came out that the second suspect Khupe might also be a Mozambican national but he has been in SA since 1969.
The case has been postponed to 12 November for a formal bail application. – Radio 702