Charges against one of the eight men accused of killing the six men that were found tied up and murdered in Kraaifontein, Cape Town have been dropped. Seven other men have been taken into police stations in the area for questioning and will be expected to face charges relating to the murder of the six.
Six bodies were discovered by a passer-by on December 10 and alerted the police who went to the scene and discovered that the victims had been trussed up and both stabbed and stoned to death. The police from Joostenbergvlakte in the Kraaifontein area issued a statement in which they advised members of the public that there was a reward of R250 000 for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
As an apparent response, the police made a breakthrough and managed to arrest seven men who are between the ages of 19 and 37. In response to the arrests, the families of the victims applauded the police on making progress so quickly in the case. In addition, a girlfriend to one of the victims said now that the accused have been arrested, she will be better able to sleep.
The eighth man was arrested shortly after the seven men were taken in for questioning on Wednesday. On the same day, the eight men were seen moving from the holding cells into Court One of the Blue Downs Magistrates Court. A few hours later, only seven men were taken back as the prosecution announced that they had withdrawn charges against the eighth man. The seven accused, who are incidentally all Xhosa Speaking, will appear in the same court on the twenty third of December.