Vlakfontein murders: Mabaso claims Khupe forced him to kill Khoza family

The two men accused of murdering seven people in Vlakfontein are applying for bail.

Ernest Mabaso and Fita Khupe appeared in Lenasia Magistrates Court on 5 November 2018 for allegedly killing seven people in Vlakfontein. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The two men accused of murdering seven people in Vlakfontein are applying for bail in the Protea Magistrates Court.

Ernest Mabaso and Fita Khupe are facing multiple charges of premeditated murder, theft and Mabaso is also charged with three additional charges of rape.

The State is opposing bail claiming the charges are too serious.

Mabaso claims he was forced to kill the Khoza family by his co-accused Fita Khupe.

He says he struck the family with a hammer and he was asked by Khupe to rape the kids in his presence.