Ernest Mabaso has dropped a bombshell in the Protea Magistrates Court, saying that his co-accused Fita Khupe forced him to rape and kill members of the Khoza family in Vlakfontein.
Ernest Mabaso and Fita Khupe appeared in Lenasia Magistrates Court for allegedly killing seven people in Vlakfontein. Picture: Abigail Javier / EWN
JOHANNESBURG – Ernest Mabaso dropped a bombshell in the Protea Magistrates Court, saying that his co-accused Fita Khupe forced him to rape and kill members of the Khoza family in Vlakfontein.
Mabaso says he feared that Khupe could kill him if he did not commit the murders.
The two men are currently applying for bail.
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Mabaso says that Khupe ordered him to rape the four children in front of him, suffocate them and then bury them in the backyard.
Mabaso says he's a flight risk and can afford a bail of R5,000 which will be paid by his parents.
#VlakfonteinBail Fita Khupe has denied all the allegations leveled against him by Ernest Mabaso that he masterminded the multiple killings. Says it's a figment of Mabaso's imagination. BD
– EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) November 28, 2018
The pair is facing multiple charges of premeditated murder, rape and theft.
(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)