Suspects in Parkwood shooting denied bail

The two men, believed to be gang members, face one charge of murder for the death of a boy on Tuesday.

Scores of people outside Wynberg Magistrate Court opposing bail for Jayden Smith alleged killers.Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The alleged killers of a 10-year-old boy from Parkwood have been denied bail.

The 18 and 21-year-old suspects appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates Court this morning, on one count of murder and two of attempted murder.

They have been charged with killing the 10-year-old on Tuesday night.

The boy's father and another man were wounded in the alleged gang shooting.

The Grassy Park Community Policing Forum's Philip Bam says enraged community members protested outside court this morning.

"The bail was denied. We staged a protest there this morning saying 'no bail, straight to jail."

Bam says the two murder accused are believed to be members of the 'Junkie Funkies' gang.

The two suspects are expected back in court on 2 February.


At the same time, Parkwood Ward Councillor Melanie Arendse claims 21 children died in gang violence in the area between June and August last year.

She adds some were innocent bystanders, while others were affiliated to gangs.

Arendse is one of scores of Parkwood residents who gathered outside the court this morning.

The councillor says there's no place in their community for child killers.

"We have constant gang war in our area, and we have lost so many children already. This is one of our youngest kids that have died in a crossfire, and we need to put a stop to it."