IS regarded as one of Pretoria’s most dangerous men – the “go-to guy”
if you want someone’s legs broken or need protection via his company,
Big Dog Security.
Ambrose Monye was acquitted of murder after beating a man to death. Now
he is back behind bars in connection with the murder of young mother
Chanelle Henning, though Suspended policeman Const Gerrit “Doepie” du
Plessis,has confessed to pulling the trigger that killed Henning, and
handed himself over to the investigating team last Monday night.
has long been on the police’s radar for his alleged involvement in drug
dealing. But his latest brush with the law looks set to bring down the
empire he has built over the past decade he is believed to have been in
He competed at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games in South Korea.
industry sources said that the muscular strongman went nowhere without
his burly bodyguards and struck fear in the hearts of those who crossed
It’s unclear when exactly he came to South Africa. He married
a South African woman, Pontsho Khosholo, in 2001. Once a member of
Tshwane’s Metro Police, Khosholo has since died.
involved in the Henning murder probe are now trying to piece together
how Monye ended up in South Africa and acquired South African
citizenship, and if it was all done legally.
One of the main
issues is his age. His ID number suggests he is 37 – which means he
would have participated in the Olympics at 14 – but it’s believed he is
He is understood to own several properties, but not in his own name, and frequently travelled abroad.
is described as aggressive and was acquitted on a charge of murder
after beating a 48-year-old motorist, Neville Olivier, to death in 2009.
He successfully argued in court that he acted in self-defence against Olivier and his three friends.
private investigator said Monye was known for having “a short fuse”,
saying: “He once rented a property in Pretoria and, in a fit of rage,
damaged the property extensively and ripped out the airconditioning
system … he is as strong as a beast and very dangerous.”
is registered under the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority
(PSIRA) as a Grade A officer – the highest possible qualification –
meaning he can hold a directorship in a private security company.
his company was meant to protect, he has had numerous brushes with the
law. However, a number of assault and other cases against him seem to
have gone nowhere.
A Pretoria-based private investigator said it
proved “Ambrose bought himself protection in the police, [as] money was
no object for this guy”.