Rosemary Ndlovu: Judgment day for murder-accused ex-cop

Rosemary Ndlovu
Rosemary Ndlovu
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  • Judgment is expected in the case against former cop Rosemary Ndlovu.
  • Social media users were gripped by Ndlovu's case because of her bizarre behaviour in her murder trial.
  • She is accused of pocketing over R1.4 million after allegedly orchestrating the murder of five relatives and her boyfriend between 2012 and 2018.

It's D-day for the melodramatic former Tembisa cop Rosemary Ndlovu, who stands accused of orchestrating the murder of five relatives and her boyfriend, all allegedly in a bid to pocket insurance money.

Ndlovu will return to the Gauteng High Court on Friday to hear her fate in a trial that intrigued and gripped the nation.

Ndlovu allegedly pocketed insurance and life cover payouts of more than R1.4 million after the deaths of her relatives and former live-in lover.

Cellphone evidence and witnesses have pointed to Ndlovu as the alleged mastermind behind the killings, including tampering with evidence.

Her alleged killing spree for cash began in 2012 and ended in 2018 when she was arrested.

Ndlovu was caught on tape planning to allegedly wipe out her mother, sister and her sister's five children in Mbombela.

Ndlovu's alleged first victim was her cousin, Madala Witness Homu.

Homu was found dead with head injuries in Olifantsfontein in March 2012.

Ndlovu later benefitted from over R131 000, from Homu's death.

She only gave Homu's mother, Lucy Mushwana, R15 000 after his funeral in Mpumalanga.

Homu's death was followed by that of Ndlovu's sister, Audrey Ndlovu, who was poisoned and strangled in her rented room in Tembisa in June 2013.

Ndlovu denied tampering with evidence at the crime scene where Audrey was killed.

She later pocketed about R717 421.17 from Audrey's death.

Ndlovu claimed Audrey listed her as the sole beneficiary in all her (Audrey's) funeral and life policies.

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The third victim was allegedly Zanele Motha, who was Ndlovu's niece.

She was declared dead upon arrival at Arwyp Hospital in Gauteng in June 2013.

Motha had moved in with Ndlovu prior to her mysterious death.

Ndlovu later cashed in about R119 840 from Motha's death and only spent R60 000 on funeral costs.

She then allegedly orchestrated the brutal murder of her live-in lover Maurice Mabasa.

Mabasa died in October 2015 after being stabbed more than 80 times in Olifantsfontein.

Ndlovu pocketed R416 000 from Mabasa's death in 2015. She took out Clientèle, Assupol, Old Mutual and Absa life policies for Mabasa.

Ndlovu later received R115 000 from the American Embassy, where Mabasa was employed.

Mabasa's death was followed by that of Mayeni Mashaba, who was killed in April 2017.

His body was found in Olifantsfontein.

Mashaba had met up with Ndlovu a day before his death.

Her last alleged victim was her nephew, Brilliant Mashego.

Mashego was last seen with Ndlovu in Bushbuckridge on 22 January 2018.

He died from head injuries.

His body was found in Bushbuckridge on 24 January, the day after he was seen with Ndlovu.

Ndlovu admitted in court that she had taken out between two and four funeral policies for Mashego.

She covered Mashego with Old Mutual as her own child.

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The former Tembisa policewoman will find out on Friday whether Judge Ramarumo Monama will convict or acquit her on the string of charges.

Throughout the trial, Ndlovu's theatrics had caused a stir in the courtroom.

From her claiming to be ill, fighting and insulting journalists and her colleagues, Ndlovu had to be shackled in a bid to keep her under control.

Once shackled, Ndlovu claimed that it made her dizzy and her legs were swollen.

Each time the trial was adjourned to allow Ndlovu to "heal", she would start her performance again, including lifting her skirt from behind revealing her underwear to the crowded courtroom.

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