FOUR of the five people arrested in connection with the murder a Rustenburg businesswoman dropped their bid to get bail yesterday.
Sibongile Mabaso, 27, Goodboy Mabaso, 34, Thabo Dikane, 18, Barnard Dikane, 30, and a 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named becuaseof hid age, appeared in the Rustenburg magistrate's court.
The 17-year-old will return to court tomorrow to apply for bail separately.
They allegedly killed Miriam Khoza, 45, her two teenage sons Karabo and Tsaona, her brother-in-law Daniel Karfhia, 46, and her nephew in their Lethabong, Rustenburg home.
One of the men, Goodboy Mabaso, will face further charges after police linked him to a housebreaking and theft incident at the same house in October last year.
The case was opened by Khoza on October 14.
Mabao is also serving a five-year suspended sentence for possession of an illegal firearm.
The five allegedly broke into Khoza's house last year December, strangled Khoza, her two sons and nephew. Her brother-in-law was shot in the head. They allegedly stole household appliances.
Relatives were angry when the court allowed in only the media and relatives of the accused.
Magistrate Charmaine Barnard read out a section spelling out the protection of minors. The packed gallery was ordered to step outside tye court.
Thabo Letebele, a relative, said the law protected the criminals. "We need to see them. Why are they hiding criminals from us?" said Letebele in court.
The 17 year-old's bail application was postponed to today.
Police made the grisly discovery after relatives had tried to contact Khoza in December. Police were called and broke into the house.
Their bodies were decomposing by the time the police discovered them.
The five were arrested in Lethabong's Slovo section a few days after Christmas Day last year.
Police recovered stolen goods in their possession
Khoza's Nissan Navara was found abandoned near Mabopane, outside of Pretoria.