By Caryn Dolley
While Tuesday night's performance of Hamlet at the Baxter was dedicated to murdered actor Brett Goldin, his body and that of his fashion-designer friend, Richard Bloom, were flown to Johannesburg for burial.
Three men appeared in court in connection with the attack on the two friends, who disappeared after a dinner party in Camps Bay on Saturday night.
Goldin, 28, and Bloom, 27, had each been shot once in the back of the head and their bodies found along the M5 on Monday morning.
The three suspects, who were arrested early on Sunday morning and led police to the bodies, appeared in the Cape Town magistrate's court on Tuesday on provisional charges of possession of stolen property.
Shavon Marlie, 25 and Clinton Davids, 23 of Kensington as well as Rameez Zaeed, 23, of Newfields, appeared nonchalant as they were brought into the courtroom with their feet shackled.
Dressed casually in tracksuit tops and jeans, Marlie stood next to Zaeed.
Both stared straight ahead at magistrate Herman van der Merwe, while Davids stood moving his head from side to side.
As they were led to the holding cells after the brief appearance, all three glanced to the back of the courtroom which was mainly filled with young men dressed similarly in tracksuit tops and heavy gold chains. They appeared to be friends of the accused.
The case was postponed to Friday, but the three are to appear on Wednesday in the Wynberg magistrate's court with two more Athlone men arrested on Monday, in connection with the murders.
On Tuesday evening the cast of Hamlet performed the production in memory of Goldin, who had been playing the role of Guildenstern.
Baxter Theatre marketing manager, Fahiem Stellenboom said Wednesday night's final performance in South Africa, as well as all the shows they were to perform in Stratford-upon-Avon later this month, were also to be dedicated to Goldin.
"Brett's death hasn't been easy on the cast but they're carrying on and working with dedication."
"They're professionals and Brett's memory is helping to keep them going," he said.
Goldin and Bloom's bodies were flown to Johannesburg on Tuesday to be buried on Friday at the Westpark cemetery.
Goldin's sister, Samantha Goldin, said on Tuesday her parents, who had been in Cape Town to say goodbye to their son before he left for England, were not coping.
"We're all heartbroken; words cannot even describe how we're feeling. Brett was the apple of my mother's eye and I don't know how she's going to live without him," she said.
Goldin was an established television actor.
Craig Port, a co-director of Maze Clothing where Bloom managed the clothing line X and O, said the fashion industry was also in deep mourning.
"(Bloom) had such a promising career ahead of him. He and Brett had been friends for many years," said Port.
The two friends were last seen alive at a dinner party Port gave at his Bakoven home on Saturday night.
"They arrived in separate cars," Port said. "Brett said they were going to meet friends in town, but they did not mention they would leave in the same car. I think they must've been hijacked outside my house. They had parked quite far from the house."
Samantha Goldin said her parents also believed something happened to Goldin and Bloom as they made their way to their cars and that they were ordered to get into one car.
The two men's cellphones and Bloom's charcoal Polo Playa, CA 351 474, are missing.
Police spokesperson Billy Jones said postmortems had been completed by Tuesday afternoon, but the results would be made known in court.
Three men, pulled over in a blue Peugeot police said was being driven "recklessly" early on Sunday, were taken in for questioning after Goldin's credit card was found on one of them.
Based on the information they gave, two other men were arrested, Jones said.