This follows the swift arrest of nine people, several of them members of the Dixie Boys gang, by detectives after the young mother was gunned down in Tambo Village shortly before 10pm on Thursday.
Five were released and on Monday Grant Arendse, Rohneiro van Rooyen and Romondo Swartz made their first appearance in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court on murder charges, while Phothuma Mntungani was charged for being in possession of a gun believed to be the murder weapon.
Court proceedings were brought to a halt when Van Rooyen suddenly fell ill as cops were preparing to escort them to court.
According to a cop source, despite being in the holding cells for several days, he only started complaining Monday morning.
“He is talking k*k, man; come here trying to stall the case because he saw the charges were withdrawn against the other five but he is going to stand for this thing.
“He said he was moered by the cops and needed to see a doctor.
“It was all a delay tactic so we told him ‘OK, we’ll take you to doctor maar julle gaan hof toe’.”
The group appeared before Magistrate Keith le Kleur and the case was postponed to 19 August.
They were sent to Pollsmoor Prison.
Sadiqah’s father, Yassiem, 51, says the family were too distraught to celebrate Eid on Monday.
“I know it’s Eid maar ons kannie. Ons is hartseer. Ons kan niks doen. [We can't (celebrate). We are heartbroken. We can't do anything]”