Preller Square Shooting: Bayswater officer conscientious, dutiful

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Bayswater detective and accused number two in the murder case of Bloemfontein businessman, Louis Siemens, has been revealed to be a conscientious, dutiful and humble police officer by one of his previous superiors.

This is despite concerns being raised about Molebatsi Mogoera’s conduct in the Free State High Court on Friday.

In his testimony, Itumeleng Wilfred Pule, the former Bayswater and current Heidedal Station Commander, admitted at the tail end of his cross-examination undertaken by Mogoera’s attorney, Lebohang Mokhele, that the then Bayswater Constable was not a corrupt cop as implied by the state previously, albeit a complaint was laid against him by accused number one’s girlfriend before the Preller Square shooting.

The complaint was made by Ms “Lindi Radebe” to Pule on 7 May 2018, three days before Siemens was shot and killed in the basement parking lot of the Preller Square shopping complex.

Pule says Radebe was informed by the complainant that she had applied for a protection order against accused number one, Stanley Bakili, but he never signed the order because he couldn’t be traced at the time. She then raised her concern regarding Mogoera and Bakili’s friendship, further adding she received a phone call on 6 May 2018 from Mogoera. The exact details of the said call will be unveiled when Radebe testifies during the trial.

Pule further testified that Mogoera was the standby detective on the day of Siemens’ murder – 10 May 2018 – which made his presence at the crime scene justified. He says other than downloading CCTV footage onto his private memory stick, Mogoera fulfilled his duties like he normally would on any crime scene that day.

Bakili, Mogoera, Kagiso Chabane, Mojalefa Jali Molusi, Moeketsi Lesia, Karabo Tau, Sizwe Mpati, and Clive Tshivenga are each alleged to have played varying roles in planning and carrying out the murder of Siemens. The then Managing Director of City Med was shot and killed in the basement parking area of the Preller Square shopping complex. His shady business dealings with Bakili and alleged payment of bribes for hospital licenses to Health Department officials form the background of the case. All accused have pleaded not guilty to the various crimes they are alleged to have committed.

OFM News/Lucky Nkuyane and Olebogeng Motse