Earlier in the day, Tshepang Mokhali, 25, who faces six counts of murder, appeared in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court, but the case was transferred to the Durban High Court a few hours later.
The matter was postponed to February 4 as there was no Sotho-speaking interpreter available.
Mokhali was arrested in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape on January 17. He allegedly fled to Lesotho and was arrested after he visited a relative in Matatiele.
He allegedly shot and killed Maselina Leneah, 38, and her five children, aged between two and 14, in the Mzinyathi area of Inanda near Durban in December 2012, Colonel Jay Naicker said at the time.
All the children were stabbed several times. A toddler survived the attack.
“It is alleged that he robbed the family, who are his relatives, and killed them to cover up the robbery,” Naicker said last week.