Naicker, who would have turned 39 on Tuesday, was killed allegedly after being hit with a brick during an altercation with Floyd Reddy, Karl Pretorius and Jensen Reddy, whose trial continued this week in the Verulam Regional Court, north of Durban.
The trio face charges of murder and assault.
Naicker had allegedly gone to a friend’s aid in a scuffle when he was attacked in Stonebridge, Phoenix, north-west of Durban, in March last year.
Naicker’s sister, Natasha Naidoo, speaking outside court, said: “When it came to birthday celebrations and Donovan, there must always be cake and family time. There was always laughter and a fun time with our family. He was just the light of our lives, and this week for his birthday was not a happy time. We miss him so much.”