#PrellerSquareShooting: FS Stars assistant coach testifies

The Free State Stars (FC) assistant coach, Duncan Lechesa, is testifying in the murder trial of City Med MD, Louis Siemens, in the Bloemfontein High Court on Monday 25 November.

Lechesa is giving his account of his relationship with the murder-accused and alleged mastermind, Stanley Bakili, who is on trial with seven other men on charges of extortion, amongst others. He says he knew Bakili as his neighbour from December 2017, while residing in Lilyvale, when the accused moved to the neighbourhood. He adds that he is shocked and disappointed that a person he trusted, Bakili, would save his numbers as “Eugen, CFO of A Bophelo”. Lechesa further tells the state prosecutor, Johan de Nysschen, in a packed courtroom (B) that Bakili used to give him money to play at the Windmill Casino.

Lechesa, tells the Court that he wants to clear his name and he is not involved in any way to the murder of Siemens. He earlier said Bakili once told him that he had a meeting with former Health and current Home-Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, and former FS MEC for Health, Benny Malakoane.

Lechesa is also narrating an encounter with Bakili and others on video-led evidence by De Nysschen. He has placed accused number 2, Bainslvei detective, Molebatsi Mogoera, and accused number 6, a military man, Clive Tshivenga, at the same table as Bakili a day before Siemens’ murder on 10 May 2018 in the Preller Square basement parking area.

Lechesa told the court that he received calls from Bakili using different cell numbers while in custody, asking for R10 000 to pay for his legal fees. He says in one of the conversations with Bakili, he told him not to call anymore. He says after the calls he had a sense that Bakili thought he owed him and he needed to pay him back.

Bakili introduced him to Siemens in 2017 and asked Lechesa not to mention anything about the casino to Siemens.

Bakili is joined by Mogoera, Kagiso Chabane, Mojalefa “Jali” Molusi, Moeketsi Lesia, Tshivenga, Karabo Tau, and Sizwe Mpati as the accused in the dock. The men who are between the ages of 29 and 56 – and include three police officers, a disbarred advocate, an accused in separate double murder cases, and a military man – are alleged to have played varying roles in orchestrating Siemens’ murder.