The matter is scheduled to appear before Judge President Cagney Musi, exactly a month after the one-year anniversary of Siemens’ death. The men on trial for the murder are between the ages of 29 and 56 years and include three police officers, a disbarred advocate, an accused in separate double murder cases, and a military man. The accused were arrested between May 2018 and January 2019 respectively. They are Stanley Bakili, Mogoera Molebatsi, Kagiso Chabane, Mojalefa Jali Molusi, Moeketsi Lesia, Karabo Tau, Sizwe Mpati and Clive Tshivenga.
The ninth man and assassin in the murder, Xolisile Mbebetho, confessed to the crime and was convicted in November 2018 of pulling the trigger that ended Siemens’ life. Mbebetho was sentenced to 22-years in jail by the High Court and in turn became the state’s key witness. According to reports three of the accused are out on bail, while the others remain in police custody after being denied bail by the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. Advocate Johan de Nysschen is the prosecutor in the matter.
Crime analyst Karin Jacobs’ testimony during prolonged bail proceedings for accused one to three revealed a web of organised crime in Mangaung, implicating some of the men.