Preller shooting: Drama frustrates magistrate

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The murder trial of the slain CityMed CEO, Louis Siemens, yet again delivered nothing short of a drama in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court in the Free State on Thursday afternoon.
This as the atmosphere was tense after bail proceedings in the case against Karabo Tau and Sizwe Mpati were delayed for more than 20 minutes due to the unavailability of a court orderly, amongst others, leading to the frustration of the magistrate, Vuyelwa Mahamba. She earlier noted the fact that the prosecution in the Louis Siemens murder case is disorganised after the court had to wait for the accused to arrive.
The case, however, managed to commence with the cross-examination of the FS SAPS analyst, Karin Jacobs, who was questioned about her previous testimony implicating the two in the murder of Siemens.
Busiswa Matiwane, legal representative of the second accused Tau, grilled Jacobs on several exhibitions submitted in court as evidence against her client, amongst others, suggesting that Tau had a contract with Bakili before the murder of Siemens, contrary to his early version during his testimony in court.
Lungile Bomela, legal representative of the first accused, Mpati, also grilled the state witness, Buyisile Jona, after he told the court that Tau had confided in him about Mpati confessing that the murder weapon found in his car was used to murder Siemens.
Magistrate Mahamba had to halt proceedings as a result of the court’s time restrictions and because Tau and Mpati had to be returned to their prison cells before 16h00, as understood.
Meanwhile, earlier on Thursday OFM News reported that the indictment in the case is yet to be finalised by the state for a High Court appearance date to be established.
A courtroom packed with friends and family only saw two suspects – the Bayswater police captain, Moeketsi Lesia, and Mojalefa Jali Molusi – appearing before the magistrate on Thursday.
Standing in for State Prosecutor De Nysschen, Johan de Vries told the magistrate that the indictment in the case is 85 percent complete and he is aware that there is a possibility of new evidence being added in the case.
The magistrate, in the absence of the two police officers, Bayswater detective Mogoera Molebatsi and court orderly Kagiso Chabane, and the alleged mastermind, Stanley Bakili, postponed the case to 16 May 2019 to establish the High Court date in the matter. – Lucky Nkuyane/OFM News
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