Case against family murder accused postponed

2014-01-28 16:57
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Durban - A man accused of killing a tuck shop owner and her five children in their home appeared briefly in the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court near Durban on Tuesday.

The case against Tshepang Mokhali, 25, who faces six counts of murder, was postponed to Thursday for the indictment to be served and for a trial date in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court to be set.

Mokhali was arrested in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape on 17 January.

It is alleged that he shot and killed Maselina Leneah, 38, and her five children, aged between 2 and 14, in the Mzinyathi area in KwaZulu-Natal in December 2012.

The children were Khalalelo Bobora, 14, Tumelo, 9, Karabo, 7, Simpiwe, 5, and 3-year-old Takiso Bobora.

All were stabbed several times.

A toddler, believed to have been between 14 and 18 months at the time, survived the attack strapped to Maselina's back.

Last week police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said: "It is alleged that he robbed the family, who are his relatives, and killed them to cover up the robbery."

The man apparently fled to Lesotho after the incident and was arrested after he came to visit a relative in Matatiele.

- SAPA
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