Preller Square Shooting: murder case postponed to 2019

Local business man, Louis Siemens

Bail proceedings for three of the accused in the murder case of Bloemfontein businessman, Louis Siemens, have again been postponed, this time to 2019.

The state was expected to present further evidence in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, linking the suspects – businessman Stanley Bakili and the two police officers Molebatsi Mogoera and Kagiso Chabane – to the crime. However upon OFM News’ arrival to the court house, it was revealed that the matter had already sat last week Friday, December 7, on an urgent basis, due personal problems of one of the legal counsels. The sitting thus took place without any notice.

The three were charged for their alleged roles in connection with the murder, after Siemens, the Managing Director of day hospital CityMed in Bloemfontein, was gunned down in broad daylight in the basement parking area of the Preller Square shopping complex in May this year. OFM News has been informed that one of the forensic investigators testified briefly on Friday. The matter was postponed to take place in early January 2019 for cross examination of the investigator and additional evidence.

At their last appearance, the court heard that Moeketsi Lesia, a policeman from the Baywater police station, was also added to the suspect list. Mogoera, a detective at the Bayswater unit and Chabane, a court orderly, are accused of tampering with evidence and serving as accomplices in orchestrating the murder. Bakili, an alleged business partner of Siemens, is accused of masterminding the murder. Lesia was arrested on 19 November and at this last court appearance, he testified that he was coerced by his superior, Detective Tshokolo Phosholi, to say in a statement that Mogoera was corrupt.

Pulane Choane, Lucky Nkuyane & Olebogeng Motse / OFM News