Saadiqah Lippert case: Murder accused denied bail
The 6-year-old was hit in the stomach by a stray bullet during a gang-related shooting in Hazendal in May.
CAPE TOWN - Two men accused of the murder of six-year-old Saadiqah Lippert have been denied bail.
The Athlone Magistrates Court has found it won't be in the interest of justice to release Samier Slamang and Wayland Botha from prison.
Lippert was hit in the stomach by a stray bullet during a gang-related shooting in Hazendal in May.
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She later died in Groote Schuur hospital.
The magistrate, who doesn't want to be named for safety reasons, has told the court there are two determining factors, which led her to deny bail.
She says the accused continued to commit crime even while in police custody.
She referred to their last court appearance when police found drugs on them.
The magistrate says Slamang and Botha, who are both alleged gang members, can easily identify the State's witnesses due to the information that has emerged during the cross-examination of investigating officer Daniel Solomons.
She says it is likely that there could be another shooting if the men were released, placing even more people in danger.
'JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN. NO BAIL'
Meanwhile, Saadiqah's mother, Chemieze Francis, says she can smile today for the first time since her daughter was killed in May.
Hazendal community members were ecstatic as they left the court today, continuing the chant they started this morning.
"Justice for children. No bail,"
Francis had tears in her eyes as she left court.
"I really don't know what to say. Today I can walk out of court with a smile."
The matter has been postponed to the end of August.