Johannesburg - 27-year-old Vusi Ernest Mabaso - one of the two people accused of murdering seven Khoza family members at their Vlakfontein home - has taken his own life before the matter could be tried.
Fifita Khupe (61) is the other murder accused, whose bail hearing was postponed in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
Reacting to the death, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said she learnt with "shock" and "disappointment" of the suicide of one of the accused who was found dead in a police cell in Cape Town.
Mabaso was initially detained at Krugersdorp Correctional Service Centre and had been taken to Cape Town for further investigations into the multiple murder case.
“These developments are very unfortunate. This is no ordinary case given the number of people who were allegedly murdered," said Nkosi-Malobane in a statement on Thursday.