The parents of slain toddler Orderick Lucas are set to return to the Western Cape High Court today to answer claims that the little boy was last seen alive with his mother.
Volkwyn’s defence team closed their case yesterday after several new witnesses were called to the stand to explain what they witnessed in the days leading up to the disappearance of the 22-month-old boy.
Orderick was last seen on 24 March 2019, but it was only four days later when his mother, Davedine, discovered he was missing.
On 2 April 2019, his tiny body was discovered in a drain a street away from his ouma’s home and Volkwyn was charged with his murder. This follows claims by Davedine that he was the last person to care for the boy.
Last week mother and daughter, Betty Cloete and Locrisia Goliath, testified that they both saw Orderick with Davedine at a spaza shop on 25 March where she bought a kimbie for the tot.
The two said they had tried to tell Kleinvlei police what they had seen, but were not helped at the station.
State prosecutor, Mornay Julius, made a request that Davedine and dad Doukoumancia Kounkou Dziendelet, aka Safran, be brought back to court.
“In light of the new crucial evidence, we ask that they be allowed to be brought back so they can respond,” said Julius.
The judge ruled that in the interests of justice, the request be granted and their testimonies will be heard today.
Julius also informed the court that the state will be lodging an application to reopen their case as a result of the statements made by Cloete and Goliath.