Carpet confession murder case postponed

State to oppose bail applications of six men arrested for a murder committed 13 years ago.

A copy of Betty Ketani's ID book. Picture: Chris Collingridge/The Star Newspaper.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Friday said it remained determined to oppose any bail application made by six men arrested in connection with a murder committed 13 years ago.

The six murder accused appeared at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Their case was postponed to the 11 June.

They were arrested after a confession letter was discovered hidden beneath a carpet several months ago.

The NPA's Phindi Louw confirmed that they will oppose any bail applications.

"It is in the interest of South African citizens that the accused remain in custody."

The accused were due to start their bail application on Friday.

The state handed over a lengthy affidavit from the investigating officer which will be studied by lawyers.

The men were arrested for murdering Betty Ketani over 13 years ago.

Letters containing details and confessions of crimes were discovered beneath the carpet of a Kenilworth home.

The owner of the home where the letters were found was installing new carpets in the house to accommodate a tenant.