Siemens case postponed yet again

Stanley Bakili Photo:Mark Steenbok

The case against two police officers and a businessman linked to the murder of a prominent Bloemfontein businessman, Louis Siemens, is no different from cases where long postponements and delays in court proceedings are customary and bail applications often postponed before being granted. The case as well as further bail application have once more been postponed to 25 January 2019, this time due to the unavailability of the magistrate.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in the Free State, Phaladi Shuping, the magistrate, Marlene Marais, hurt her leg yesterday (Tuesday). The suspects, businessman Stanley Bakili, and police officers Molebatsi Mogoera and Kagiso Chabane, will reappear in court on charges of murder after Siemens was gunned down in the basement parking of the Preller Square shopping complex in May 2018.

Bloemfontein Courant’s court reporter overheard Bakili’s mother informing Advocate Izak Jacobs Nel, that Bakili is not being treated fairly at Grootvlei Prison. As a result he now wants to be relocated to a different prison.

Nel then informed Bikili’s mother that it was practically impossible for him to hastily act on the claims without applying through the court for him to be removed from Grootvlei.

This is not the first time Bakili and his team complained of ill-treatment. Earlier court proceedings were delayed after Nel had objected to Bakili being the only suspect brought up in shackles while Mogoera and Chabane had none on their legs.

Lucky Nkuyane