South African woman killed husband over insurance money; sentenced to life imprisonment

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Phumaphi Gloria Gwebu, 47, who paid hitmen R20,000 to murder her 52-year-old husband so she could cash in on insurance policies was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Mpumalanga High Court on Monday, March 13, 2023.

Sipho Shadrack Dimba, 52, lived together with her wife at Msogwaba Trust with their children.

‘The accused pleaded guilty before the court,’ NPA Mpumalanga spokesperson Monica Nyuswa.

In her plea explanation, she explained she took out five insurance policies for Dimba, one of which was to pay R530,000 upon the death of her husband.

‘She waited until the policies matured and arranged with the hitmen a few weeks before they killed the deceased,’ National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Monica Nyuswa said.

Phumaphi Gloria Gwebu, 47, who paid hitmen R20,000 to murder her 52-year-old husband so she could cash in on insurance policies was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Mpumalanga High Court on Monday, March 13, 2023.

On December 12 2019, the hitmen entered the house during the night, as arranged, and murdered Dimba.

They went straight to the bed where he was sleeping, strangled him with Gwebu present and threw his body into a nearby river before fleeing.

Two days later, a passerby noticed the body in the river and alerted the family. The police were called.

‘The accused was arrested a year later after one of the killers confessed to the police and implicated her as the mastermind behind the murder,’ Nyuswa said.

The accused paid the hitmen R20 000 for the task.

Prosecutor advocate Eugene Mathebula told the court the murder was premeditated, brutal and triggered by greed.

The court found no reason to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence of life imprisonment.

The National Prosecution Authority, in a statement, welcomed the verdict and praises the good work done by the prosecution and the investigating team.

‘We hope this sentence will deter potential offenders.’ the statement added.

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