A lawyer appearing for Thamsanqa Twala told the court he had received a phone call from the lawyer who represented Twala at his last court appearance.
“…He said he was indisposed and their office was not placed properly into funds. They won’t be in a position to continue with the bail application and furthermore wish to withdraw.”
Twala, wearing a creased yellow shirt with brown elbow patches, told the court through an interpreter he had made other arrangements for his defence attorney.
He said he had not had much time to speak to the new lawyer on the phone, but was told the lawyer would be ready to proceed with the bail application next Friday.
Prosecutor Matsheliso Moleko said she would be available on that day and the matter was accordingly postponed.
Twala would remain in custody.
Twala was arrested in Katlehong last week and has been charged with murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and the possession of an unlicensed firearm.
Morris died when his parents’ VW Golf was hijacked in Reiger Park on the East Rand in July. Three men approached the car that Morris, his sister and parents were travelling in and ordered the family out.
The boy was caught in his seat belt and dragged along the road as the hijackers drove off. The car was abandoned in Boksburg.