Murder Case: Cop ‘killed for insurance money’

2008-10-15 00:00

A former Plessislaer police inspector, Thamsanqa Khambule (42), is on trial in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on charges that he murdered a man in order to benefit from funeral policies he took out on behalf of the victim with five insurance companies.

Khambule has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Thabani Duma on January 27 last year and to charges of fraud, theft and unlawful possession of ammunition.

The state alleges that Khambule obtained funeral policies from African Life, Old Mutual, Assupol, Liberty Life and Avbob in respect of Duma and another person who he falsely alleged were related to him, and made monthly contributions.

After murdering Duma, he claimed the benefits and African Life and Old Mutual allegedly paid out R59 794 and R30 000 respectively. The case is proceeding.

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