Two Suspects To Appear In Court For Vlakfontein Murders

The back room where three of seven bodies were found in a home in Vlakfontein. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG: People will know the two men suspected of killing seven family members from Vlakfontein when they are appear in Lenasia Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning.

The identities of the 27-year-old and 61-year-old suspects will be revealed during their first court appearance. Police arrested the pair at the weekend at two different provinces. One was busted at the border between Mpumalanga and Limpopo and the other in Dobsonville, Soweto. They will both be charged with murder and the younger suspect faces additional rape charge.

The bodies of the four children and three women from the same family were discovered buried under a heap of sand inside their home a week ago.

The motive for the killings is still unclear.

Meanwhile, the deceased who are from KwaZulu-Natal were buried in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. Their relatives said they were devastated by their loss and did not know the suspects, who had posed as relatives to gain the trust of the deceased.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says she’s glad police have made some progress in the case.