#Siemens: Suspects to apply for bail

Louis Siemens and his wife, Mari.

Four men accused of the murder of former CityMed Managing Director Louis Siemens from Bloemfontein are due in the Free State High Court to apply for bail on Tuesday.

OFM News reports that Advocate Lebohang Mokhele confirms to OFM News that the four men – two police officials, a former military man and alleged murder mastermind, Stanely Bakili – will apply for bail after more than a year’s incarceration. He says the suspects will apply for bail through legislation via a section called 49(G), which allows them to apply for bail directly to Judge Pitso Molitsoane, who has been presiding over the trial.

The application via this section depends on whether the accused have been directly implicated by the state’s key witness during the testimony in the trial. Joining Bakili is Bloemfontein’s Bayswater police detective Molebatsi Mogoera, court orderly Kagiso Chabane and former SANDF member Clive Tshivenga.

Mojalefa Jali Molusi, a repeat offender, is the only suspect involved in the case who will not be pursuing bail on Tuesday. This as the man still has separate criminal matters to answer to. Currently, three out of the eight accused of Siemens’ murder are out on bail. They include police captain Moeketsi Lesia, disbarred advocate Karabo Tau and Information Technology specialist Sizwe Mpati.

Mogoera and Chabane were arrested in August 2018 while Tshivenga was caught in January 2019.

Amongst those still in custody, it’s only Mogoera, Chabane and Tshivenga who have not been directly implicated by the damning testimony of the state’s key witness, Xolisile Botha Mbebetho, who during his testimony, connected some of the dots in the brutal murder of Siemens.

Murder accused Bakili and accused number four, Mojalefa Jali Molusi – who was with Mbebetho during the murder of Siemens in the basement parking of Preller Square – have been heavily implicated.