The man, who was identified as Moeketsi Lesia, was arrested while running errands with his wife in Bloemfontein’s CBD last week. Lesia is the latest addition to the list of suspects, which include two police officers, Molebatsi John Mogoera (40) and Kagisho Ishmael Chabane (39), as well as businessman Kibi Stanley Bakili (36) who were arrested earlier in connection with the murder of Siemens.
After he was arrested, he was immediately summoned to testify at the bail hearing of the other three accused. In his testimony, Lesia told the court that his police superior in the precinct, Tshokolo Phoshuli, forced and threatened to arrest him if he did not make incriminating statements about the other two accused (Chabane and Mogoera) from the same police station. The bail hearing of Mogoera, Chabane, and Bakili has been postponed to the 12th and 13th of December for further evidence by the state.
The suspects remain in custody. This follows after the sentencing and admission of guilt of Xolisile Mbebeto (39), originally from Port Elizabeth, who was sentenced earlier this month by the Bloemfontein High Court for the murder of Siemens. Mbebeto was sentenced to 22 years in prison on charges related to murder, possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition charges.
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