#PrellerSquareShooting: Minister summoned to testify

The Former Health and the current Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, was summoned to appear before the Free State High Court in the murder trial of CityMed MD, Louis Siemens, where Stanley Bakili and 7 others are standing accused.

He’s expected to give testimony on Thursday 14 November on whether he received bribes from the accused number one and mastermind, Stanley Bakili, during his dealings with Siemens who was gunned down in the Preller Square basement parking on 10 May 2018.

OFM News in November 2018 reported that Bakili stated in an affidavit filed in court that he paid two separate amounts – R84 000 and R70 000 – into Motsoaledi’s bank account on 17 November 2017. Bakili alleged that the bribes were, in fact, to help improve the chances to expand the license for the CitiMed Day Clinic, headed by Siemens. Motsoaledi vehemently denied this and said it was something he was not taking lightly.

Meanwhile, a former, retired Grootvlei head of prison and protection, Tatolo Setlai, in Bloemfontein, is taking the stand, testifying about his relationship with Bakili.

On Tuesday 12 November, a former waiter at Annie’s Country Kitchen, Ohuliseng Selemela, concluded his testimony regarding his encounters with Bakili, Siemens and accused number 4, Mojalefa Jali Molusi.

In total, ten men have been arrested in connection with the murder, eight of whom are presently standing trial: Bakili, Mogoera Molebatsi, Kagiso Chabane, Molusi, Moeketsi Lesia, Karabo Tau, Sizwe Mpati and Clive Tshivenga. They include three police officers, a disbarred advocate, an accused in separate double murder cases and a member of the Defence Force’s elite reconnaissance unit.

It is alleged Siemens was paying bribes to government officials through Bakili to have CityMed’s number of hospital bed licences increased when their partnership soured. Some of these implicated officials include current Free State Health Department Head, David Motau, his former boss, Benny Malakoane, and Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi.

It is alleged that Siemens, the then Managing Director of CityMed, paid about R6,5 million in bribes through Bakili to have the day hospital’s application granted. Malakoane has also clarified during his testimony that at no stage he was offered or received a bribe from either the deceased or Bakili. He further stated that both him, as the MEC of Health, and Motsoaledi, would not have been involved in City Med’s application for hospital bed licenses.

OFM News/Lucky Nkuyane and Olebogeng Motse