She was stoic and defiant until the name Maurice Mabaso was mentioned. Then she broke down.
The former officer Nomia Rosemary is facing various counts of murder and on day two of her testimony, she detailed how some of the people died.
She is alleged to have killed her relatives and boyfriend for insurance payouts.
The late Maurice was Nomia’s boyfriend and they lived together. Like all the other deceased on this case, Maurice was insured by the alleged killer cop in various policies which paid out a total of R119 840.00.
When asked when her relationship with Maurice started, she shouldn’t hold back her tears.
“We started having a relationship in 2011 until 2015.”
The court had to take a break to allow her to pull herself together. She was so different in court from the person who had done poses and joked with reporters the day before.
This is because she had a good relationship with Maurice, she testified. Judge Ramarumo Monama was sympathetic and asked Nomia if she would be able to continue with the proceedings.
“Let’s continue because I will always be emotional when Maurice’s name is mentioned. So, let's carry on I will answer,” she said.
The last time Nomia saw her lover was on 13 October 2015 when he was heading to work. He didn’t make it back to his home.
On 14 October 2015, she got worried, she testified.
“I called his place of work, the American Embassy that is based in South Africa to enquire if he made it to work. The person who answered the phone told me that he wasn’t at work. That was after I called both his phones,” Nomia says.
She then called Justice Mabasa, Maurice’s brother to tell him that Maurice didn’t come back home.
“Justice told me that he will try to contact Maurice and then come back to me. I stayed at home because Justice said he will call me back.”
Nomia says she didn’t go to the police station to open a missing person’s report. But she did show up at the station where Sergeant Mugwabe was puzzled when Nomia cried, claiming that her partner had died even though she hasn’t identified the body yet.
The court went back to when Nomia had approached an Assupol representative to assist Maurice to open a policy in which she was a beneficiary. It is alleged that Maurice was not present but a man who posed as Maurice signed the policy papers and it was later discovered that the signatures are not the same.
Nomia also testified about the death of her cousin, Madala Homu. They weren’t close but the accused took out various policies in her name in December 2006, 29 February 2008, 4 June 2009, 1 February 2010 and during May 2011 to cover the cost of the deceased's funeral. She is accused of unlawfully and intentionally killing her.
Lucy Gabaza Mushwana, the late Madala's mother testified that Nomia called her to asked if she had a funeral cover. The former Tembisa police officer denies talking to Lucy about funeral covers.
"It is not true, I didn't ask her that because it is not something that you can ask someone."
Eva, Lucy's daughter testified that during the conversation Nomia had with her mother, Nomia told her [mother] that she was with Madala. And it is in the same conversation she asked for Lucy's date of birth and sent money via Shoprite's Money Market for them to buy a cake.
"I maintain that I never sent money through Shoprite. I don't know where Eva gets what she said. I didn't send her money for her to buy a cake on her birthday," Nomia says.
Lucy, in her testimony, says Nomia told her that she might need to open a funeral cover because Madala might be killed because she went out drinking at night in Joburg. That is when the mother of the deceased joined a burial society.
"It is not true, what my aunt testified. It is not a secret that Madala was a member of the ZCC church. He wore the badge all the time so I wouldn't say that."
Madala went missing on 30 March 2012. He left his place of employment and never made it to his home. He was on his way when he was killed by a perpetrator, who was allegedly hired by Nomia. Nomia says she got a call from a relative, only referred to as Godfrey in court, who informed her that Madala was missing. Godfrey said he got a call from Madala’s landlord because it was unlike him to pay the rent late.
“When Godfrey gave me a call to inform me about Madala, I told him that I will check in the police station because sometimes when a person who speaks Xitsonga [is found], the police sometimes arrest them thinking that they are illegal foreigners.”
Nomia says she went to Tembisa hospital and called Ivory Park and couldn’t find Madala.
A sangoma came to the Tembisa police station and informed the warrant officer that while she was digging for her medicine, she found a body on 1 April 2012.
“I went to the warrant officer who sent me to Sergeant Khoza who told us to go to Germiston mortuary to identify the body. I told Godfrey that I am not comfortable going in, so he went in alone and confirmed that indeed that was Madala’s body.”
She cashed out a total of R131 339.70 from various insurance policies for funeral expenses at the time.