Vlakfontein murder suspect originally treated as a victim, court hears

Khupe’s version was that when he returned from Zimbabwe, he found that his lover, Mbali Khoza, was not home and believed she was away visiting relatives in Pietermaritzburg.

He was alleged to have slept in the house where the seven bodies were kept, woken up the next morning, made breakfast and cleaned the kitchen.

Ndlovu said he did not understand how Khupe was able to remain in the house with the strong stench of decomposing bodies.

“If one person instructed another to murder seven people, would he return to that house to sleep in there among decomposing bodies?” Landman asked Ndlovu.

“Yes, it doesn’t make sense that a person can go and sleep in a house that people are murdered [in],” Ndlovu replied. “The whole scene totally does not make sense to me.”

Landman asked Ndlovu: “Would you agree with me that it is highly impossible that [Khupe] would instruct [Khoza] to leave the bodies there knowing that he will be coming back on the 27th?”

“I cannot speak on a person’s bravery,” he replied.

“Are you testifying that he is a brave man because he is willing to sleep among decomposing bodies?” Landman asked Ndlovu.

“When you have done such, it means you are very much brave,” Ndlovu said.

Khoza’s testimony was that he had been kidnapped and threatened back in 2015 by a gang linked to Khupe that had instructed him to kill the family.

He said he was instructed to create a Facebook page, using the fake name of Sibusiso Khoza, where he befriended family members of the Khoza family, alleging that he was a long-lost relative.

The family had later welcomed him into their home.

Khoza has admitted to killing the Khoza family and also raping two of the children and one of the adults in the household.

Khupe, however, has said that he intends to plead not guilty to the crime as he claimed to have been forced into carrying out the murders.

Ndlovu claimed that Khupe was linked to the killing, alleging that the trip to Zimbabwe was for him to have a strong alibi.

To further intensify the alibi, he was alleged to have deposited R950 in a bank account that Mbali Khoza, his now deceased lover, had convinced him to open in April.

According to Khupe, the account was opened for him to make savings towards her lobola.

Other than this amount, only R74 had been in the account since it was opened.

The case continues.

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