It was quite an emotional day. First she broke down when talking about her boyfriend, then when she came face to face with her mother, she couldn’t hold back the tears too.
It was her first time seeing her mother since 2018. Former police officer Nomia Ndlovu is facing six counts of murder.
She was given the opportunity to see her mom Maria Mushwana by Judge Ramarumo Monama on the second day of her testimony.
The reunion was short-lived but seemed to have a huge impact on Nomia, who was emotional when sitting next to her mother, who tried to console her.
This is despite the fact that it is alleged that in February 2018, the accused former officer had conspired with Lakhiwe Mkhize to allegedly kill her mother so that she can claim money from the policies that she insured her on.
She had previously allegedly killed six relatives for funeral policy money.
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Lakhiwe went to Maria's home in Thulamahashe in Bushbuckridge, where allegedly Nomia pointed the house out for him and gave him a description of the person he had to kill. She allegedly handed him R2 600 and left when Lakhiwe entered the premises. But Lakhiwe couldn't kill Maria when he saw how old and vulnerable she was, he asked for water and left the house.
During her testimony, Nomia also spoke about her two deceased relatives, Zanele Motha, her niece, and Muyeni Mashaba, one of her other relatives. On 1 January, 1 March, and May 2016 Nomia took out several policies to cover Zanele, her late brother's daughter.
She told the court that Zanele gave her a call in June 2016 and told her that she was having problems with her partner.
"She asked to come to stay with me for a while because she had a fight with her boyfriend. I took her in and she stayed with me at my home."
On 13 June Zanele was attacked and seriously injured by perpetrators allegedly hired by Nomia, she sustained a serious head injury and was unable to speak.
Nomia denied that she is behind the attack of her niece and said she went to the hospital when she heard the news and because Zanele didn’t have medical aid and the hospital didn’t give her any kind on medication, she is the one who bought her the painkillers.
“When she was discharged, I went to the hospital and she told me she still has pain. But because they didn’t give her the medication, I went to the pharmacy to get her painkillers, I am not the one behind her attack.”
The state says that Nomia had Zanele’s hospital file, which wasn’t supposed to leave the hospital premises. The file states that she has broken ribs and because of such injuries, Zanele was not supposed to be discharged.
Zanele was later found severely injured on the side of the road in Kempton Park and declared dead on arrival at the Arwyp Medical Centre.
Zanele's boyfriend Jabulani Nhlapho told TimesLIVE that he thinks the problem started when Zanele spoke to her aunt about getting back the house that was left for her by her father.
The other relative, Muyeni Mashaba was shot in the head and found dead at Delmas.
Nomia Ndlovu's trial continues at Palm Ridge Magistrate Court.