The case against the eight accused behind the Glebelands hostel killings has been moved to the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

The state will call 107 witnesses to testify. A police officer is among the accused. They appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s court on Friday.

It is one of the major breakthroughs in police investigations after three years of on-going killings at Glebelands hostel.

More than 100 people were murdered including leaders of the warring factions Bongani Hlophe and Willian Mthembu.

Late last year a multi-task team led by the Hawks cracked the case. Arresting eight suspects said to be the King pins.

Among them detective Bhekukwazi Mdweshu based at Durban Central police station. It’s alleged he supplied killers with weaponry, while preventing police from fighting crime in the hostel.

Friday the eight were back in court under heavy police guard.

Charges range from murder, attempted murder, racketeering, to extortion and unlawful possession of firearms.

The case was postponed to September 3 at the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

The suspects remain in custody.