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Vlakfontein family murder: Neighbours didn't trust man sought by police

Authorities have identified Ernest Khoza as a person of interest in the hope that he will be able to assist with the investigation.

Some of the bloodied blankets on the laundry line following the murder of seven people in Vlakfontein, south of Johannesburg. The blankets have been washed and cleaned but stains can still be seen. Picture: Bonga Dlulane /EWN

VLAKFONTEIN - Community members and neighbours say they have been suspicious for some time of the man wanted in connection of the killing of seven people in Vlakfontein, south of Johannesburg.

Authorities have identified Ernest Khoza as a person of interest in the hope that he will be able to assist with the investigation.

Four children and three women - all from the same family - were killed and buried under a heap of sand in a house in the area.

Neighbours claim Khoza arrived in the area less than three months ago claiming to be a long-lost son of one of the victims.

They say he claimed he was a medical doctor at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

A next-door neighbour who spoke to Eyewitness News on condition of anonymity says the man police are looking for told her the family had gone to KwaZulu-Natal when she inquired where they were last Sunday.

“We heard that they went to KZN because the mother was sick and they had to change her from one hospital to another. We took it like that and we didn’t suspect anything.”

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane visited Khoza's family in Vlakfontein to offer support.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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