The bail application of the three suspects linked to the murder of the director of CityMed Day Clinic, Louis Siemens, was denied in the magistrate’s court in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. Magistrate Marlene Marais took a packed gallery with mostly family and friends through her judgment which lasted about 45 minutes.
In her deliberation, Marais referred to the state’s case against local businessman Stanley Bakili (36), Bayswater police detective Mogoera Molebatsi (40), and court orderly Kagiso Chabane (40), saying the state has shown exceptional circumstance for her to deny the accused’s’ bail application. While going through her judgment, she said the three applicants and their defence failed to prove their innocence in the matter before the court. As they failed to explain the peculiarity of their involvement in the case there was a prima facie case against them.
Marais said looking at all the current and previous charges levelled against Bakili, including the testimony of the state witness, Karin Jacobs, it was clear to the court that he might intimidate witnesses. She said the second applicant, Molebatsi, failed to uphold and execute his duties professionally as entrusted to him by the South African Police Services (SAPS) and therefore he had a case to answer, based on all charges levelled against him.
And finally, Marais said Chabane’s decision to accompany the self-confessed shooter, Xolisile Mbebeto (39), and the alleged mastermind, Bakili, to Home Affairs, as well as rent a car for him, was peculiar and therefore the court was convinced that he also needs to answer to charges levelled against him. Mbebeto is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence.
Marais postponed the matter to 11 March 2019 for a finalised indictment while they are remanded in custody. – Lucky Nkunyane