Mental instability, inheritance and revenge linked to Vlakfontein mass murder

Meanwhile, “Khoza’s” lawyer, Makau Sekgatja, referred the court to a statement that Khupe made to police shortly after the bodies were recovered.

Khupe had been in a longstanding relationship with one of the murdered women.

“In Khupe’s statement, he indicates that he had a hand in building the house. The statement was made by Khupe prior to his arrest on October 31.  Do you agree that by virtue of that, he could feel entitled to [the house]?” Sekgatja asked Ndlovu.

“The house is not in his name. So don’t you think this gives motive so that he can inherit the property?” he continued.

“That is possible,” Ndlovu replied.

Sekgatja said there was no motive for his client to commit the crimes other than that he was threatened. “Khoza”, 27, has said he was essentially blackmailed to commit the murders.

The court heard previously that “Khoza” had wangled his way into the family by alleging he was a long-lost relative. He had befriended Sne on Facebook.

In an affidavit submitted during his bail application, “Khoza” claimed to have been kidnapped and told of the plan to kill the Khoza family in 2015. He said he was forced to perform the deed by Khupe and a gang linked to him.

“Khoza” has admitted to striking some of the relatives with hammers, strangling others and raping three of them. He has, however, indicated that he intends to plead not guilty to the crimes, as he claims he was forced to carry them out.

The bodies of the seven were found on October 29 2018, after neighbours complained of a stench coming from their house. The three adults and four children had been buried in the house.

Khupe and “Khoza’s” bail application continues next week, when a final witness is expected to be called. 

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