Mankweng - A man whose bakkie hit a taxi, killing four soccer players in November, appeared in the Mankweng Magistrate's Court on Friday, Limpopo police said.

Constable Moses Molepo said the case was postponed to January 28 for a bail application. He remained in custody.

Mahlodi James Machete, 36, faces four charges of murder, one of drunk driving, and one of giving police wrong information.

At the time of his arrest, he allegedly gave police a false name, calling himself “Sammy Maepa”.

On November 11, four soccer players died when Machete's bakkie hit the side of their minibus taxi on the R71, near Polokwane.

The taxi landed on its side, in the path of oncoming traffic, and was hit by a bus carrying Zion Christian Church members.

The players were members of the Polokwane City football club and had been travelling from the Oscar Mpetha stadium, where they had played a National First Division match against FC AK. - Sapa