Men accused of killing Cape girl to apply for bail

Six-year-old Saadiqah Lippert was killed in a gang shooting in Athlone earlier this month.

Hazendal residents gathered in 9th Avenue calling for justice for Saadiqah Lippert and an end to gang violence. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Two men accused of killing six-year-old Saadiqah Lippert in Athlone are expected to apply for bail today.

The girl was killed in a gang shooting earlier this month.

During the first court appearance, heavily armed police officers from the tactical response unit were stationed in the courtroom.

Only Lippert's parents and the media were allowed inside.

The prosecution told the court the extra enforcement was for security reasons.

The State says the shooting was drug and gang related.

At the same time, the Athlone Community Policing Forum claims the two accused have been threatened by rival gangsters.