Vlakfontein murder accused commits suicide

JOHANNESBURG - One of the men on trial for the murder of seven family members in Vlakfontein has reportedly committed suicide.

Vusi Mabaso (27), who used the alias Sibusiso Khoza, committed suicide on Thursday morning.

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Mabaso and Fita Khupe are accused of murdering three women and four children.

The pair were expected to appear in court on Thursday attempting to apply for bail.

The decomposed bodies of the family were found buried in shallow graves dug in the family's house.

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At the last court appearance, gruesome details of the murder were revealed.

The court heard how members of the Khoza family died.

Some were raped and bludgeoned with a hammer or were suffocated to death.