#PrellerSquareShooting: State witness accused of trying to save himself

The defence attorney, Dawie Reyneke, representing accused number 7, a disbarred advocate Karabo Tau, has accused a state witness of using his testimony to save his own skin.

In the murder trial of CityMed MD, Louis Siemens, in the Bloemfontein High Court on Tuesday 26 November, Reyneke says Molefi Benedict Koebu, the former policeman who is currently testifying, is intentionally incriminating his client and accused number 8, Sizwe Mpati, to save himself from prosecution.

Koebu was driving Mpati’s vehicle from Botshabelo to Bloemfontein during their arrest in 2018, along with Tau, Mpati and a “Mr Diba”, for kidnapping, assault and the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The charges were later withdrawn against all of the accused.

Reyneke says in his four different statements written in 2018 and 2019, which include three different supplementary ones, he makes no mention of other matters that may directly implicate himself because he wants to falsely implicate the said accused. Koebu told the court that he once met Tau and Mpati and the duo coerced him to speak to someone within the SAPS to squash the said case because of a gun found in Mpati’s vehicle. This gun was allegedly also involved in the murder of Siemens in May 2018 at the Preller Square basement parking.