Johannesburg - Drama erupted as the two men accused of gruesomely killing seven people in Vlakfontein made their first appearance, with one requesting bail and the other declining it.
On Monday at the Lenasia Magistrate's Court in Joburg, Ernest Mabaso, 27, said he would not be making a formal bail application, while Fifita Khupe, 61, requested it.
The two men, the State alleges, brutally killed and buried the bodies of three adults and four children, the youngest of whom was a 2-year-old boy.
Magistrate Maggie van der Merwe, however, warned Khupe that, due to the seriousness of the offences his facing, bail would be difficult to be granted, and that the onus would be for him to prove why he should be released.
Mabaso was also captured on Saturday in Lebombo, Mpumalanga, near the Mozambican border with Mozambique after he fled there following his release from custody on Thursday due to what the police said was a "lack of evidence".
Gauteng SAPS spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said on Sunday that police had managed to "re-arrest Mabaso because now we believe we have a strong case against him and can link him to the murders".
Mjonondwane echoed Masondo's views, asserting that the State did have a watertight case.
Both accused will remain in custody until their next appearance on Monday, November 12.