It is alleged that on Saturday, 20 February 2021, at about 23:00, the suspect arrived at the home of his relatives in Nkanini at Eshowe and called all members of the family together.
This had occurred after he forced the door open with an axe, which was later found inside the house.
The suspect was armed with a pistol, which he used to kill six members of the family aged between 8 to 70 years of age.
The suspect fled the scene after the incident.
Detectives worked around the clock and traced the suspect to Greytown on 22 February 2021. Sthembiso Nkosinathi Mthimkhulu (36) made several court appearances.
Bail was denied and the accused was kept behind bars.
The docket is investigated by the Provincial Organised Crime Unit. The case has been scheduled for trial from 4 until 8 October 2021 in the Mtunzini High Court.