GEORGE NEWS - Due to the lockdown and the current Covid-19 situation, the Hlompho Mohapi murder trial, which was scheduled to start in the George Circuit High Court on Monday 4 May, was postponed to 5 October.
“This morning Honourable Judge Taswell Papier postponed the case in which the trio, Melisizwe Monqo (31), Siphosihle Pamba (24) and Phumlani Qusheka (30), are accused of murdering Hlompho Mohapi in July 2018,” said Southern Cape police spokesperson, Captain Malcolm Pojie, on Monday afternoon.
The postponement was done electronically and all the accused remain in custody.
Mohapi was murdered on 5 July 2018. Her body was found by fishermen on the gravel road leading to the infamous Voëlklip viewpoint. She had stab wounds to her chest and her throat was slit.
The trio was arrested shortly afterwards.
Mohapi was allegedly lured to her death under false pretences of a job interview at George Airport. Life and funeral policies worth R3-million were taken out on her name shortly before she was murdered.
The accused also face charges of attempted murder after they allegedly attempted to kill three other women using a similar modus operandi in the Eastern Cape.