Galeboe, with an alleged distinct colourful background, and his co-accused Kelebogile Moleko, have been in custody since their arrest in July and August 2019 after their alleged involvement in the murder of Mokoena.
OFM News' Olebogeng Motse previously reported that the state is opposing bail for the pastor, while Mokoena is reported to have abandoned her bail application altogether. The 51-year-old Bloemfontein-based taxi boss and farmer was gunned down in his Fichardtpark home on July 8 in the presence of his wife.
It was revealed during Kelebogile's court appearances that she not only hired the hitmen, paying them partly for the murder, but she allegedly poisoned her own dogs to make it easier for the trio to gain access to the couple’s Fichardt Park home.
Meanwhile, it is alleged that the suspect is closely acquainted with the deceased’s 51-year-old wife, Kelebogile was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning, August 2, somewhere around Bloemfontein’s city centre.
OFM News reported that the deceased allegedly found his wife in the main bedroom and went to the bathroom where he found the armed men. A scuffle ensued and he was dragged back to the bedroom where he was shot in the head in the presence of his wife. The suspects left the scene with the deceased’s vehicle, an undisclosed amount of money and cell phones. The vehicle was later recovered in Lourier Park.
OFM News further reported that the accused pastor in the matter is alleged to have a shady past that dates back to at least 2016. This as the Oudtshoorn's Die Hoorn has not only linked the accused, Galeboe, to a robbery and a separate murder in the Northern Cape but has also placed him right in the middle of the 2017 murder of South African Defence Force (SANDF) Sergeant Preston Titus in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape, for which four people were arrested and charged.
The report stated that authorities in the Western Cape traced Galeboe’s connection to the accused in that case via cell phone records. He was said to be in frequent contact with several of the accused, which include the deceased’s wife Magdaleen Titus, fellow pastor Masithembe January, and Natasha Stuurman, a close acquaintance of Galeboe’s. He had been expected to appear as a witness in the ongoing murder trial in Oudtshoorn but is yet to do so.
Stilfontein police spokesperson, Sam Tselenyane, also told OFM News that the police in that area were still looking into whether or not Galeboe was involved in a robbery and separate murder in Mothibistad close to Kuruman in the Northern Cape.
A day ahead of that trial, the main state witness was murdered and the case was struck from the court roll.
OFM News/Olebogeng Motse and Lucky Nkuyane