Ex-cop Rosemary Ndlovu found guilty of murdering six relatives, including sister and boyfriend

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Former cop Rosemary Ndlovu has been found guilty of hiring hitmen to kill family members for the insurance money.
Former cop Rosemary Ndlovu has been found guilty of hiring hitmen to kill family members for the insurance money.
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  • Judge Ramarumo Monama found that Rosemary Ndlovu was responsible for the murders of her six relatives.
  • Two of the people she killed were her sister and live-in lover who was the father of her child.
  • She was also found guilty of trying to kill her mother.

A former police officer who killed her family members for insurance claims, with the help of hitmen, has been found guilty on six counts of murder.

After years of proclaiming her innocence, Judge Ramarumo Monama found that Rosemary Ndlovu was indeed responsible for the murders of her sister Audrey; Audrey’s son Brilliant Mashego; her live-in lover Yingwani Maurice Mabasa; cousin Witness Madaka Homu; niece Zanele Motha, and another relative Mayeni Mashaba.

She was also found guilty of defeating the ends of justice by tampering with the scene of the crime where Audrey died.

Monama also convicted Ndlovu on four counts of defrauding Clientelle Limited, 1 Life Insurance, Old Mutual and Assupol.

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He also found her guilty of conspiracy to commit murder for trying to kill her sister Nomasonto, as well as seven counts of incitement to commit murder, and the attempted murder of her mother Maria Mushwana.

He said:

The accused (Ndlovu) has been participating in the business of funeral burial since 2006 and 2012. As a young policewoman from Bushbuckridge, she secured several policies.

It was revealed in court that Ndlovu was paid more than R1.4 million in insurance payouts for her dead relatives.

Ndlovu, who worked at the Tembisa police station at the time of her arrest, was charged with six counts of murder, four counts of fraud, obstruction of justice, and eights counts of conspiracy to commit murder.

Her sister Audrey was strangled to death and Ndlovu received a R700 000 insurance payout.

Years later when Audrey’s son – Mashego – found out that Ndlovu had received money from insurance companies following her mother’s death, he confronted her, and was brutally killed.

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Her lover, Mabasa, was also killed and Ndlovu received R416 357. Both Homu and Motha died from horrific injuries after they were brutally attacked, and Ndlovu received R131 000 and R119 840 respectively in insurance payouts.

During the trial, the prosecutor produced evidence showing that Ndlovu had revealed that she had constantly communicated with the hitmen - Lakhiwe Mkhize and Njabulo Kunene.

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