Multiple murder accused and former policewoman Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu claimed that she did not know how her deceased sister Audrey Somisa Ndlovu got injured before her death in June 2016.
Her trial, which is being heard at the Johannesburg High Court sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court, was prematurely adjourned on Monday when the former Tembisa police station constable, who appeared in court with her legs shackled after threatening journalists last week, complained of dizziness and swollen legs.
Earlier in the day Judge Ramarumo Monama ordered that the shackles be loosened after Ndlovu complained that she was in pain.
Ndlovu is accused of masterminding the deaths of six family members for insurance payouts.
She also faces a string of other charges, including fraud and defeating the ends of justice.
She also said that she could not remember how much she had received from the insurance payout after her sister’s death:
However, Judge Monama emphasised that this could have been done easily as she was in possession of the receipts.
It was revealed that Ndlovu received about R119 840 following the death of her niece Zanele Motha, after taking three policies on her.
Ndlovu allegedly took out funeral insurance policies for Motha from January to May 2016.
In June that year, Ndlovu allegedly invited Motha to stay at her house for two weeks.
A few days later, Motha was found lying on the side of the road. She had been so severely attacked that her head injuries rendered her unable to speak. She died a few days later.
Detailing her version of events leading up to Motha’s death, Ndlovu said:
“I don’t know how she sustained rib fractures. I was not always with her. I would leave her alone. It is possible she could have attempted to use a bathroom and injured herself.
“She didn’t tell me of any rib fractures. It is possible that at the hospital, they could not see if she had fractured her ribs.”
However, Williams said:
“There were also lacerations on her liver. Did you see her falling from the bathtub?”, questioned Williams.
Ndlovu maintained that she did not know how Motha got injured.
“I don’t know how she got injured. I could see that she was in pain, the way she complained about pains with a low voice. I needed to rush her to the hospital. I dragged her out and lifted her inside the car, and drove her to Arwyp,” she said.
The case resumes on Tuesday.