Vlakfontein community: 2 murder accused must also die

Ernest Mabaso and Fita Khupe briefly appeared in the Lenasia Magistrates court on Monday where the matter was postponed to next week.

Ernest Mabaso (head in hands) and Fita Khupe (right) appear in Lenasia Magistrates Court on 12 November 2018 for the murder of seven people in Vlakfontein. Picture: Bonga Dlulane/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Angry community members have warned against the granting of bail to two men accused of multiple murders in Vlakfontein in southern Johannesburg.

This comes after Ernest Mabaso (27), one of the accused, made an about turn, saying he will now be applying for bail.

He had abandoned his bail application last week claiming he feared for his life.

The two men briefly appeared in the Lenasia Magistrates court on Monday where the matter was postponed to next week.

A large crowd of community members gathered outside the court as proceedings got underway.

They had a clear message to the two men accused of killing seven family members in Vlakfontein last month: “We’re very angry, we want to kill them the way like they killed that family. They must also die.”

Mabaso and Fita Khupe (61) face seven charges of premeditated murder and one of theft. Mabaso also faces the additional charges of rape.

At the same time, Mabaso claims his co-accused is threatening his life.

Through his lawyer, an emotional Mabaso made startling claims against Khupe.

Mabaso also told the court he will be applying for bail because he doesn't feel safe behind bars.

However, Magistrate Maggie van der Merwe is not convinced

“Certain allegations were made, unsubstantiated at this stage. Accused one will, therefore, be detained at the Krugersdorp prison and accused two at the Johannesburg prison. And so that takes care of that allegation.”

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