Relative involved in Vlakfontein murder case, court hears

There's been a twist in the Vlakfontein family murder case. One of the accused claims a relative of the seven victims was involved. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - There's been a twist in the Vlakfontein family murder case

One of the accused claims a relative of the seven victims was involved.

Two men charged with the killings are currently applying for bail in the Protea magistrate's court.

The lawyer for accused number two, Fita Khupe, dropped a bombshell in court.

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Khupe alleges Snenhlanhla Khoza, a family member of the victims had reached out to his co-accused Vusi Mabaso on social media prior to the crimes.

His lawyer, Gerhard Landman told the court Khoza introduced Mabaso to the family.

Landman said Khupe had nothing to gain by the killings.

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Instead, he claims Khoza was set to inherit the family home and therefore conspired to murder the three women and four children.

Mabaso has admitted to the crimes but insists Khupe forced him to rape and murder.

But Landman insists it's impossible that his client wiped out an entire household, including his partner of more than 15 years.