The Western Cape High Court has handed down hefty sentences to a pastor from God’s Work International Ministries, his wife and a hit man for the kidnapping, aggravated robbery and murder of Hlompo Koloi.
Pastor Melisizwe Monqo, 32, his wife Siphosihle Pamba, 26, and hit man Phumlani Qhusheka, 31, were sentenced on Friday following the murder of Koloi in July 2018
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Monqo and Pamba took out life insurance policies on behalf of church members, his former lover and the mother of his child and planned their murders with intent to benefit from the payouts.
“Life insurance policies were taken on behalf of Nomfundiso Booi, Anelisa Xhotyeni, Bulelwa Sihawu, and Koloi,” NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said.
These unsuspecting victims were insured with Assupol, Liberty Life, Outsurance, 1 Life Insurance, Clientele Life ad Discovery and the accused stood to benefit from more than R26.9 million.”
On 5 July 2018, a lone fisherman, Francois Gerber, on his way to fish at Herolds Bay found the body of Koloi lying on the side of the Voëlklip gravel road. He then contacted the police.
Ntabazalila said after the discovery of Koloi’s body, Monqo and Pamba gave the investigating officer, Sergeant Thembekile Matwa, false statements on 11 July 2018.
The three accused were arrested on 7, 16 and 20 July 2018.
“Ensuing investigations revealed that the unemployed Koloi was told that she had a job interview at the George Airport,” Ntabazalila added.
On that day, Koloi had called her friends to borrow money for taxi fare to attend the interview.
Her boyfriend and her brother accompanied her to a hiking spot at the Thembalethu bridge in George. She boarded a silver grey sedan driven by Monqo, with Qhusheka sitting at the back.
A few hours later, her lifeless body was found with seven stab wounds and a slit throat.