Cheating woman, contract killers get life for murdering Zim man in SA

The Gauteng High Court, in South Africa, has sentenced a cheating married woman from Soshanguve in Tshwane, her 62-year-old boyfriend and another for the premeditated murder of the woman’s husband – a Zimbabwean national.
According to The Star newspaper, Farai Ndebele was shot dead after his wife of 25 years, Marriod Ndebele, and her South African lover, Tlowaye Monyai, ordered a hit on him and staged a robbery, by removing some of his personal belongings from the house.
The Ndebeles had two children during their marriage.
Ndebele was shot dead in 2019 by a member of a community policing forum in Soshanguve suburb, Tshepo Frans Kekana (40) and Monyai’s grandson, 24-year-old Piet Monyai.
The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Gauteng regional spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said all three were handed life sentences for the contract killing.
The wife, Marriod, was further sentenced to 15 years’ direct imprisonment for unlawful possession of a firearm, five years for possession of unlawful ammunition, 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and an additional three years for defeating the administration of justice.
The shooter, Kekana, was additionally sentenced to 15 years’ direct imprisonment for unlawful possession of firearm, five years for unlawful possession of ammunition, as well as 25 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances.
Mahanjana said it was established that the wife, Marriod, was in a relationship with Monyai, who assisted in executing the hit.
“Marriod was also involved in a love relationship with Monyai.
“On June 14, 2019, Marriod Ndebele arranged with her boyfriend’s grandson Koketso Piet Monyai, 24, who is already sentenced in this matter, and Kekana to kill her husband,” said Mahanjana.
The boyfriend’s grandson took Marriod to his friend Ndivhuwo John Tshiwela, to request a firearm, and the woman paid R750 – money she hadreceived from her 62-year-old boyfriend Monyai.
Four days later, a staged robbery took place at the Ndebele household and the husband was shot dead.
“The boyfriend drove Koketso Piet Monyai and Kekana to the Ndebeles’ house, where they shot and killed the husband, Farai.
“Thereafter, Marriod instructed them to take some of her husband’s belongings to stage a robbery,” said Mahanjana.
After the assailants had left, Marriod reported the matter to the police.
Faking grief, Marriod told police that she
did not know the killers.
Police investigations led to the wife’s arrest just four days later. Monyai and Kekana were arrested two days after Marriod’s arrest.
In court, the accused all pleaded not
guilty to the charges but were convicted after trial.
In handing down the sentence,
Judge Portia Phahlane highlighted that
everyone in South Africa has the right
to life, and the courts have a mandate
to protect that right.
The court noted that Farai was killed
because his wife Marriod was “blinded
by love”. The judge agreed with the State, and found that the three showed no remorse for their actions.
She also found no substantial and
compelling circumstances to deviate
from the prescribed minimum sentence,
and sentenced the trio.

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