One of the suspects involved in the Vlakfontein murders has committed suicide. The deceased is 27-year-old Ernest Mabaso.

The case against Mabaso and Fita Khupe, who are accused of the murder of seven family members in Vlakfontein, south of Johannesburg – is expected to resume at the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto on Thursday.

Seven counts of murder were brought against the two.

Mabaso faced additional charges of theft, robbery and three counts of rape.

Three women and four children were found murdered and their bodies buried in a heap of sand at their home in Vlakfontein.

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