The three men accused of the murder of Thorisho Themane, 28, could not have been involved in the killing as one of them alerted police to the crime.
The men's lawyer, M. Mokgoto, yesterday told the Polokwane magistrate's court the tip-off to the police was done through a cellphone belonging to one of the accused.
The three men, aged between 36 and 37, were appeared before magistrate Prakash Maharaj for the murder of Themane in Flora Park, Polokwane.
"My clients are ready to apply for bail because they have been cooperating with the police," Mokgoto said.
"These men didn't only report the incident to the police, they further handed themselves over to the police after hearing that they were wanted. I submit that these suspects called the police [to report the incident] and evidence had been presented to police."
Mokgoto said the state was dragging its feet in profiling the suspects because it could have obtained their fingerprints over the weekend.
Prosecutor Disebo Kgoelenya told the court the state was opposing bail for further investigation.
"There is an identity parade still to be held and the state is yet to establish whether the suspects have previous cases," Kgoelenya said.
Maharaj barred the media from taking pictures of the three because an identity parade was yet to be conducted.