The community of Vlakfontein, the Mpumalanga Province, was applauding outside the Protea Magistrate’s Court as Fita Khupe, accused of murdering 7 members of a local family, was denied bail and would be in custody untill April 2.
According to a statement made by Magistrate David Mhango, the decision to leave Khupe behind bars was based on the fact that the 61-year-old man was likely to escape justice.
“The suspect is facing serious charges of murder, if he can be released on bail he might cross the border since he is a Zimbabwean national and that might disturb the investigations, as a result, Khupe is denied bail, his request was not successful,” said Mhango.
According to the reports, apart from Khupe there was another criminal involved in the Vlakfontein murder, now considered to be the prime suspect of the case — 27-year-old Ernest Mabaso. On January 24, he committed suicide in his cell in Cape Town, following alleged threats.
On October 29, the police arrived at a Khola family house as the neighbours reported a foul smell coming. Seven bodies of the relatives covered in sand were found inside.