#MokoenaMurder: Pastor accuses FS police of torture, threats

The controversial pastor, Elvis Sonnyboy Galeboe, accused of organising a hit on the slain Bloemfontein businessman and farmer, Lucas Mokoena, claims the police tortured and coerced him to make the statement during his arrest.

Galeboe claims the Free State police officers who arrested him in August 2019 after his alleged involvement in the killing of Mokoena, forced him to admit to knowing the alleged three hitmen. This after the wife of Mokoena, Kelebogile, implicated him when she told the police that Galeboe organised hitmen on her husband after their discussion about the marital problems she had with the deceased.

The state alleges Kelebogile paid R10 000 to three hitmen from Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng at Twin City in Heidedal.

During his cross-examination in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court, Galeboe said he supplied police officers with three false names that were found on his phone out of fear of being tortured. Meanwhile, De Vries asked for the matter to stand down until 14:00 on Monday for the finalisation of the state’s statement opposing Galeboe’s bail application.

The state prosecutor, Johan de Vries, is pushing to convince Magistrate Ryan Ishmail that Galeboe has a history of not only lying to authorities but also has a history of having ties with hitmen.

The state says after his arrest in August, Galeboe was taken to their office in the town where arrangements were made for him to help facilitate the apprehension of the alleged murderers but Galeboe refused the arrangement, wanted to be released, and then helped the police.

Meanwhile, Kelebogile Mokoena, who also stands accused of organising a hit on her husband, is said to have made statement linking Galeboe to the murder of Mokoena.

The state alleges she approached a family member and asked for R10 000 to pay a traditional healer for treating her ill child but instead used the money to pay the alleged hitmen.

Galeboe was accused in a case that was thrown out of court after the death of a key state witness in Stilfontein near Khuma outside Klerksdorp in the North West. It is alleged that he confessed to paying R5000 to the hitmen who kidnapped and killed the woman in 2016.

The pastor with a distinct colourful background is alleged to have been right in the middle of the 2017 murder of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Sergeant, Preston Titus, in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape, for which four people were arrested and charged.