Petition Against Bail for Vlakfontein Accused To Be Submitted by Residents

Ernest Mabaso and Fita Khuphe, the two men accused of killing seven family members in Vlakfontein, appear in the Lenasia Magistrates Court on 5 November 2018. Picture: Bonga Dlulane/EWN
Ernest Mabaso and Fita Khuphe, the two men accused of killing seven family members in Vlakfontein, appear in the Lenasia Magistrates Court on 5 November 2018. Picture: Bonga Dlulane/EWN

LENASIA: The murder and rape case against two men accused of killing seven Vlakfontein family members will be back in court next week. Ernest Mabaso and Fita Khupe appeared in the Lenasia Magistrate’s court on Monday. Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says the community of Vlakfontein is expected to submit a petition to oppose bail applications of the two men.

Their bail applications will be heard at the Lenasia Magistrates Court on 20 November.

The State is expected to oppose their bids to be released.

The two men have been charged with seven counts pf murder , with Mabaso facing an additional three charges of rape.

Nkosi-Malobane says it wouldn’t be in the interest of justice to grant the two men bail, adding that they’re objecting to this.

“If it’s submitted by the community, it’s stronger than an investigating officer. So, by Thursday the community will submit a petition that will be included in the file and will be part of the proceedings.”

Mabaso and Khupe are facing multiple charges of premeditated murder of seven people from the same family after their bodies were found under a pile of sand in their home in October.

The father of one of the victims, Tebogo Lekotje, says he is not coping.

“To see them after a week is just killing me.”