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Pastor Melisizwe Monqo (pictured), Siphosihle Pamba, and Phumlani Qusheka were given hefty sentences for the 2018 murder of Hlompho Mohapi. Image: Facebook
Pastor Melisizwe Monqo (pictured), Siphosihle Pamba, and Phumlani Qusheka were given hefty sentences for the 2018 murder of Hlompho Mohapi. Image: Facebook

A pastor who took out life insurance policies on unsuspecting congregants has been sentenced in the Western Cape High Court.

 

Pastor Melisizwe Monqo was found guilty of kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and the murder of Hlompo Koloi.

His wife Siphosihle Pamba and hitman, Phumlani Qhusheka, were also convicted of the crimes.

The trio took out a life policy on Koloi without her knowledge and then murdered her.  Monqo was a pastor at God’s Work International Ministries.

He was convicted on 26 charges including assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, housebreaking with intent to commit murder, and the illegal possession of a firearm.

Monqo was also found guilty of illegal possession of ammunition and 13 counts of fraud.

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila says Monqo was sentenced to life, and 252 years and three months imprisonment.

His 26-year-old wife was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. Qhusheka (31) was sentenced to life and 63 years.

The court declared the trio unfit to own a firearm.

Pastor’s wife apologises

Pamba was convicted on 24 counts which are similar to those of her husband. Ntabazalila says Judge Papier deviated from the prescribed sentence for Pamba as she was also a victim.

The court said that she was abused by her husband and forced to participate in the crimes.  Judge Papier also noted that Pamba showed remorse and apologised to God and Koloi’s family.

“She asked for forgiveness from the deceased family and told the court that she deserved to die for the crimes she committed. She also did not participate in the gruesome murder of Koloi,” Ntabazalila says.

The court found that Qhusheka and Monqo showed no remorse.

The case involved a scam where Monqo and his wife took out life insurance policies on behalf of church members.

They also took out policies on his ex-lover and the mother of his child. The NPA says the couple planned their murders with intent to benefit from the payment of the life insurance policies.

Ntabazalila says life insurance policies were taken on behalf of Nomfundiso Booi, Anelisa Xhotyeni, Bulelwa Sihawu and Koloi.

“These unsuspecting victims were insured with Assupol, Liberty Life, Outsurance, 1 Life Insurance, Clientel Life and Discovery and the accused stood to benefit more than R26, 9 million,” he says.

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