Vlakfontein murder suspects to make formal bail bid

Ernest Mabaso and Fita Khupe are facing several charges of premeditated murder and will have to present exceptional circumstances as to why they should be granted bail.

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

JOHANNESBURG – The defence and the State will go head-to-head on Tuesday in the formal bail application of two men accused of killing a family of seven in Vlakfontein.

Ernest Mabaso and Fita Khupe are facing several charges of premeditated murder and will have to present exceptional circumstances as to why they should be granted bail.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Phindi Louw Mjonondwane explains why the State will be opposing bail being granted in this case.

“By leading evidence of the investigating officer in trying to convince the court that the two male persons are not suitable candidates.”

The matter will be heard at the Lenasia Magistrate's Court over two days.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)