South African pastor and his wife found guilty of killing a 25-year-old woman for multi-million rand life insurance payout

A South African pastor, his wife, and his cousin were found guilty of murdering Hlompo Mohapifor, a 25-year-old woman, for a multi-million rand insurance settlement.

On Thursday, September 2, the three was convicted guilty at the Circuit High Court in George, Southern Cape.

Eric Ntabazalila, a regional spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), said the matter would return to court on November 15 for sentence proceedings.

South African pastor and his wife found guilty of killing a 25-year-old woman for multi-million rand life insurance payout
Victim

The three suspects, Melisizwe Monqo, Siphosihle Pamba and Phumlani Qhusheka, Melisizwe Monqo, Siphosihle Pamba and Phumlani Qhusheka had faced 29 charges against them, including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, fraud, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, defeating or obstructing the course of justice and house breaking.

The trio had kidnapped and murdered the young mother of two from Thembalethu in 2018. They pretended that they were potential employers and needed a blood test for the job. These blood tests were for the several life insurances totalling around R3 million.

They then pretended that she’d secured a job at the local airport. Her body was found near Herolds Bay on July 5, 2018 with her throat slit and stab wounds to the chest.

Shortly after she was killed, two life insurance policies, one worth R3 million and the other worth R200 000, as well as a funeral policy worth R50 000, were taken out on her life. 

The suspects also used the same modus operandi on unsuspecting victims in the Eastern Cape. 

South African pastor and his wife found guilty of killing a 25-year-old woman for multi-million rand life insurance payout

Pastor and his wife

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, the family of the woman said their beloved daughter can now rest in peace.

‘It’s a long journey but today I’m happy. I’m excited because I have the whole of George supporting me, feeling the pain I felt. I’m just so very happy.” said Patricia Koloi, the victim’s mother. 

South African pastor and his wife found guilty of killing a 25-year-old woman for multi-million rand life insurance payout
South African pastor and his wife found guilty of killing a 25-year-old woman for multi-million rand life insurance payout
South African pastor and his wife found guilty of killing a 25-year-old woman for multi-million rand life insurance payout
South African pastor and his wife found guilty of killing a 25-year-old woman for multi-million rand life insurance payout
South African pastor and his wife found guilty of killing a 25-year-old woman for multi-million rand life insurance payout

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