The Pillay brothers seen laughing after being released on bail of R500 each in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. Photo: Raahil Sain/ANA
Port Elizabeth – The case against two Port Elizabeth brothers, who allegedly instructed a 12-year-old boy to light a fire cracker which later exploded in his face, has been dropped.

Sebastian and Demane Pillay were back in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Wednesday where the matter against them was provisionally withdrawn.

The state indicated that more time was needed for the investigation and asked for the matter to be provisionally withdrawn.

Defence attorney Alwyn Griebenow said: "The previous postponement was the final one for the state to get their house in order, now I have nothing more to say."

The Pillay brothers are the sons of a Port Elizabeth police colonel.

During January this year, the brothers allegedly instructed 12-year-old Sheldon Witbooi to light a cracker which exploded in his mouth. It's understood that the boy ran the risk of potentially becoming blind in one eye.

Following the incident the brothers were released on bail of R500 each, they were later seen leaving court laughing and covering their faces.