The heartbroken mother of seven-year-old Ezra Daniels, who was gunned down in the street in September 2017, says she got a skrik when two kerkbroers arrived at her Parkwood home on Saturday with the typed letter in hand.
Tasliem “Thaliem” Bianchi, who is the leader of the Junky Funkys gang, was arrested shortly after Ezra’s murder, along with his brother Ikeraam, Marlon Neehuis, Kelly Daniels and Kimberley Solomons.
The other four were all acquitted, while Thaliem pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life.
Ezra’s mom, Desiree, says on Saturday two kerkbroers who introduced themselves as Brother Ringo and Brother Clemmy arrived at her house.
“It was about 3pm when they came with the letter and told us they know it is going to be traumatic,” the mom says.
“My husband was very upset and does not even want to look at the letter.
“They spoke to me about forgiving him and I told them, like I said that time (when he was convicted), that I forgive him, but he must sit [in prison] for his crime.
“They asked me to go to a church service on Sunday to talk about forgiving him, but I am not going,” the upset woman says.
The Daily Voice has seen the typed letter, which has no official stamp, but listed Brandvlei Correctional Centre in Worcester as the origin.
In the detailed letter, Bianchi says he is writing with a “humble and contrite heart” and apologises to the family for the “empty seat at their supper table”.
He admits to having “gang affiliations which cause distress and turmoil in our communities”.
He further states that he has applied to be part of the Restorative Justice programme and says he wishes he could take back what he did.
“I am sorry from the deep etches of my heart and soul for what happened to Ezra. I sincerely hope when the time is right that God will allow you to forgive me of this heinous crime.”
He also expresses a desire to keep corresponding with Desiree.
The Daily Voice contacted “Brother Ringo” who admitted he delivered the letter, which he says was given to him by Bianchi’s family.
Desiree says the letter has opened old wounds.
“We are traumatised all over again. We don’t want anything to do with him (Bianchi) and I don’t know what they are trying to do with this letter.