The alleged killers of a six-year-old Cape Flats meisie has been released on bail after their lawyers made an urgent application at the Western Cape High Court.
The mother of little Saadiqa Lippert, who was shot in front of her ouma’s house in Hazendal in May, was shocked by the no bail order of Magistrate Keith Le Keur overturned by the Judge President Yahya Hlophe.
According to a prosecutor at the Athlone Magistrates’ Court, Advocate Bongani Ndwayana, the lawyer for murder accused Samier Slamang, 24, and Wayland Botha, 22, approached Hlophe on Tuesday.
“Our court’s ruling on no bail was overturned at the High Court. The accused’s attorneys brought an urgent request and they were each granted R5 000 bail. It happens that way sometimes,” Ndwayana told the Daily Voice.
The suspects were denied bail on July 12.
At their next court appearance in July, the suspects were allegedly caught in possession of tik in the holding cells.
The girl’s mom Chimiez Frances says she could not believe her ears when she heard the suspects are free.
“How is this even possible?” she questioned outside court.
“They killed my baby. I am going to the High Court and I want to know why they were released.”
Community members supporting the mother said they would be drawing up a petition and presenting it to Hlophe to have bail revoked.
Slamang and Botha’s families were also at court ready to pay their bail.
They did not want to speak to the Daily Voice.
The matter was postponed to November 28 for further investigation.