Cape Town - The bail application for the five people accused of killing seven-year-old Ezra Daniels has been postponed to next week.
Ezra was shot on 3 September when a bullet intended for a gangster hit him in the neck while he was playing in Abdullah Moosa Walk in Parkwood.
His death sparked a riot as residents marched and threw bricks at the home of the alleged leader of the Junky Funkys gang, Tasliem “Thaliem” Bianchi.
Thaliem along with Ikeraam Bianchi, Marlon Neehuis, Kelly Daniels and Kimberely Solomons were arrested for Ezra’s murder shortly after the shooting.
During court proceedings, it was revealed they had allegedly planned to kill a member of the Americans gang, Aden Brown, but failed.
They appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for a bail application, but the matter was postponed when the state prosecutor did not arrive at court.
Advocate Patrick Scott, representing Thaliem, also excused himself from the matter, on account of the star witness in the case being an existing client of his.
During the previous court appearance, it was confirmed that Brown had given a statement to the state about what had happened on the day Ezra was killed.
Advocate Adrian Samuels confirmed that he was now representing Thaliem, Bianchi, Neehuis and Solomons, while a pregnant Daniels is being represented by Advocate Carl Langeveldt.
Family and friends of the accused filled the courtroom while a few members of Ezra’s family sat quietly to one side.
Addressing the court, Samuels said that he had consulted with his clients who agreed to the postponement, and also advised that the three men would be abandoning their bail application.
Magistrate Goolam Bawa postponed the bail hearing until 21 November and all five accused will remain in custody.
Speaking to the Daily Voice after court, Samuels said at this stage Thaliem, Bianchi and Neehuis would not apply for bail because there’s little chance of it being granted.
“Look, we raised our concerns because it costs money to be here. I will be abandoning the applications for accused one, two and three at this time,” he said.
“There is a question of prospect of success at this time. I feel it will be a lot better for the other two to be released on bail.”
He said the applications by the two women would go ahead at the next hearing.