The 41-year-old man accused of murdering his in-laws at Mzinoni Township in Bethal, Mpumalanga, has abandoned his bail application.
Mthunzi Nkabinde allegedly shot and killed his father-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law after a quarrel with his wife. He is also charged with a count of attempted murder.
It is alleged that he also shot at his wife.
Members of the public staged a protest outside the courtroom.
The bereaved family Spokesperson Fani Nhlabathi says they a grateful for the support they get from members of the community.
Nhlabathi says, “But the only thing we are worried about is the witnesses. We have to protect the witnesses. We are very happy with the support we got from the community and their behaviour. We are very happy. We appreciate their support.”
Nhlabathi says this was not the first time the suspect assaulted and pointed a firearm at his wife.
“I knew it was coming and I told everyone in the family. He is going to finish the whole family because it is his intention. He once pointed at his wife with a firearm. The state only warned him. The state failed us. I saw that it was coming.”
Nkabinde’s mother-in-law Duduzile Phakathi says the suspect has a reputation for harassing the family.
-Additional reporting by Mthobisi Mkhaliphi