Third accused police officer in Siemens case to appear in March

Slain local business man, Louis Siemens.

The third police officer, Moeketsi Lesia (56), accused of the murder of a Bloemfontein businessman, Louis Siemens, will appear with the other co-accused in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on 11 March 2019, when the state will be handing over its finalised indictment.

This despite Lesia having appeared separately from the Bayswater detective Molebatsi Mogoera (40),  court orderly Kagiso Chabane (40), and accused number one Stanley Bakili, during a series of bail hearings since late 2018.

The state prosecutor, Adv Johan de Nysschen, told Bloemfontein Courant Bakili will also be included in the group of six suspects who have all been linked to the murder of the former CityMed boss in May 2018. Lesia was arrested on Friday 23 November 2018 when the Tactical Response Team (TRT) arrested him in the company of his wife and children whereafter he appeared in the Magistrate’s Court. He was remanded in custody after his bail was postponed.

His arrest came barely four days after he told the court that Brigadier Tshokolo Phoshuli had forced and threatened to arrest him if he did not make incriminating statements about Mogoera, stating that he is corrupt.

Lesia also refuted the state’s witness and the South African Police Services’ (SAPS) Karin Jacobs who testified that Mogoera’s state vehicle VW Golf could be placed at the murder scene at Preller Square and Bakili’s home on the day of the gruesome murder.

In January 2019, Magistrate Marlene Marais denied bail to the accused number one, Bakili, Mogoera and Chabane and remanded the trio in custody, saying there was a prima facie case against all the suspects. De Nysschen said the alleged repeat offender and accused number five in the case, Mojalefa Jali Molusi (29), the disbarred legal practitioner Karabo Tau(41), and the Information Technology technician Sizwe Mpati (36), will also appear with the rest of the accused on 11 March 2019. – Lucky Nkuyane