- Pastor and wife convicted of hiring hitman to murder woman to secure money
- The couple had taken out a policy on the life of Hlompho Mohapi Koloi without their knowledge
- Pastor’s wife claimed to be the Koloi while pastor claimed to be Koloi’s partner with the insurance company
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CAPE TOWN – Pastor Melisizwe Monqo, 32, and his wife, Siphosihle Pamba, 26, have been sentenced to a heavy sentence for plotting the murder of one of their faithful, Hlompho Mohapi Koloi.
The couple hired a hitman named Phumlani Qusheka, 31, who killed Koloi for part of a fraudulently contracted life insurance policy.
The scheme involved taking out life insurance worth R3 million on Koloi’s life that she had no knowledge of. After Koloi’s murder, Monqo called the life insurance company and posed as Koloi’s boyfriend to gain access to the funds, according to IOL.
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The couple headed the Church of God’s Work International Ministries in the Eastern Cape. Monqo was sentenced to 252 years and three months. The hitman, Qusheka, was sentenced to life imprisonment and an additional 63 years. Pamba was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his involvement.
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LIVE Timetable reveals that in July 2018, Monqo called Koloi about a job opportunity at George. He offered to pick her up and take her to the job interview himself.
The day after calling Koloi about the prospect of employment, Pamba called an insurance company posing as Koloi and took out a life insurance policy. The telephone conversation was recorded by the company and is now made public.
Koloi never made it to the job interview but was stabbed to death and left by the side of the road. A week after his murder, the pastor called the insurance company posing as Koloi’s boyfriend and called for the R3 million police.
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They were arrested and charged with fraud before they could take advantage of the police. The couple were found to have taken out more insurance policies on other members of their church totaling R27million.
South Africans took to Facebook to share their thoughts on the murderous couple. Take a look at some comments below:
Germaine Allistair Rigney said:
“Man is not a Pastor, a Pastor takes care of his sheep, this man is a disaster he destroys lives.”
RudÃ¨ne Gerber said:
“Why are so many ‘pastors’ only looking for money? And why do people give them money? God doesn’t need your money to work miracles. Look around you, there are miracles everywhere and they cost nothing. “
Mike Msibi said:
âLife insurance policy companies should try to call the insured person and make sure if it is their concern to be covered or not, otherwise we will have a serious problem.â
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Mr. J.-Breeze Masala Netshisaulu said:
“Yoh people are so harmless over there, I mean pastor of all people yah neh”
Nomalizo Buyelekhaya said:
“Money is the root of all evil.”
Woman prepares to accompany 5 other people for the murder of her husband and mother
In other crime related news, Brief News previously reported that Elliotdale Magistrate’s Court would hear six people charged with the murder of a 46-year-old man and his mother on Monday.
The six people, who are scheduled to appear in court, will include the victim’s 36-year-old wife. Investigations suggest that a hitman was hired by the man’s wife to murder her partner along with her 80-year-old mother.
The hitman allegedly shot dead the two victims at their home in the village of Mkhathazo. Those apprehended will face counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and being found with unlicensed firearms.