JOHANNESBURG - From claims that a relative was involved in the murder of seven family members, to a man accused of raping a 7-year-old in the bathroom of a restaurant, these court cases gripped readers' attention in 2018.
Although many court cases were concluded last year, most of the major cases were postponed and will resume in 2019.
Vlakfontein murder case
Police found the bodies of three women and four children buried under sand in a house in Vlakfontein on October 29.
The two men accused of the murders, Ernest Mabaso and Fita Khupe appeared in court to apply for bail and will take the stand again on January 24 and 25 2019.
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
Former President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane appeared in court for the first time in 2018 and faced charges of culpable homicide and an alternative count of negligence, in connection with a 2014 accident that resulted in the deaths of two people.
The matter was postponed to January 24 2019.
Dros Rapist court case
The case against alleged Dros rapist, Nicholas Ninow, is expected to resume on 15 January 2019.
Ninow is accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of the Dros restaurant in Silverton.
Jacob Zuma court case
Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to return to court on 20 May.
Zuma is facing one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money-laundering and 12 counts of fraud relating to the 1999 arms deal.
Former President Zuma addressed his supporters outside the KwaZulu Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Friday. Courtesy #DStv403.
Timothy Omotoso court case
The trial of controversial Nigerian pastor, Timothy Omotoso, will resume on 4 February 2019.
He and two other accused face charges ranging from human trafficking to sexual assault and rape. Omotoso allegedly committed the crimes between 2009 and 2017.