AN ORANGE Farm police officer has been questioned after it was found that his service pistol was used in the murder of five Rustenburg family members on Christmas Day.
The officer who is known to Sowetan reported his gun stolen, saying he was robbed on December 22, three days before Miriam Khoza and her family were murdered.
However, after Sibongile Mabaso 27, Goodboy Mabaso, 34, Thabo Dikane, 18, Barnard Dikane, 30, and a 17-year-old boy confessed to the murder, they revealed that they had had the officer's gun since December 10.
A source from the police station said the officer in question was taken for questioning soon after the confession on Monday and had allegedly admitted to lying about the disappearance of his gun.
"He has not been charged with anything but it was also discovered that the same gun was used to rob a spaza shop in De Deur on the day it disappeared," said the source.
Khoza, 45, her two sons Karabo and Tsoana, her nephew were strangled to death while her brother-in-law Danie Karfhia, 46, was gunned down at their home in Lethabong, North West.
The murder has sparked an uproar by community members who protested outside Rustenburg magistrate's court during the alleged killers' brief appearance this week.
The suspects will appear in court again on Tuesday.
Meanwhile Sapa reports that hundreds of mourners gathered in a village on the outskirts of Mozambique's capital Maputo yesterday to bury four of five family members.
While she was in South Africa, Ancha Machiana Nangaio went by the name of Miriam Khoza, using the surname of her late husband.
Khoza's elderly parents and two surviving sisters and two brothers were among the mourners who packed a mosque in the village of Urbanizacao, near Maputo airport, for the funeral of the woman and three boys. Many wept uncontrollably.
The four were later buried in Maputo's main cemetery in a ceremony attended only by men in keeping with their faith.
Karfhia was set to be buried separately in his home province of Zambezia in central Mozambique.
Neighbours said that Khoza, who owned a supermarket, a butchery and a liquor store, had been preparing a commemoration service in honour of her husband on Christmas Day.
They became alarmed when they could not get in touch with her about the arrangements and summoned her sister, who in turn called the police.