A 27-years-old Ernest Mabaso alleged to be one of two murderers in Vlakfontein incident, was found dead in his cell. According to the police reports, he had committed suicide several hours before the transportation to Protea Magistrate’s court.
In October 2018, Johannesburg police officers were searching a Khoza family’s house in Vlakfontein after several calls from locals. There they found the remains of seven people, concealed with piles of sand, as well as blood splatters on the walls.
After the investigation went under way the police arrested Ernest Mabaso and another suspect — Fita Khupe, 60. Mabaso previously reported that he received threats from the co-acused during imprisonment and for that was moved to Krugersdorp Prison.