Johannesburg - One of the accused in the murder of 7 Vlakfontein family members, 27-year-old Ernest Mabaso, has committed suicide.
He was due to appear in Protea Magistrate's court alongside his co-accused Fita Khupe, 60.
Police said Mabaso was found dead in his cell. The accused had been taken to Cape Town as part of investigations into the murders.
On October 29, neighbours alerted police to a foul smell coming from the Khoza family's house in Vlakfontein, south of Johannesburg. The police broke down the door and made the gruesome discovery.
Seven bodies had been concealed with piles of sand on the floor. There were blood stains on the wall.