Durban - The trial of a man accused of killing a KwaZulu-Natal tuckshop owner and her five children was adjourned by the Durban High Court on Friday.

The matter would resume on December 9 to allow for various reports to be compiled, the court heard. He would remain in custody until then.

Tshepang Mokhali, 25, allegedly shot and killed his relative Maselina Leneah, 38, and stabbed her five children, aged between two and 14, in the Mzinyathi area of Inanda, near Durban, in December 2012. Only a toddler survived the attack.

Police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said Mokhali allegedly robbed the family and killed them to cover up the robbery. He was arrested in Matatiele, Eastern Cape, on January 17.