Rosemary Ndlovu, the killer cop convicted in October for killing her partner and five relatives to benefit from life insurance payouts has been sentenced to six life terms.
She played a sorry figure in the courtroom and even broke down, saying she was sorry for the losses her relatives suffered.
But Ndlovu made an about-turn and started threatening those who had testified against her.
“I will spend this Christmas in jail but, next year, I will be out. I will be back and you will see,” she said in a threatening tone, pointing at her aunt, her late lover’s brother and people who had testified against her who were standing in a group.
Judge Ramarumo Monama sentenced Ndlovu to life behind bars for all the people she had arranged to be killed, and for trying to have her mom, her sister and her sister’s five children also killed.
The people who lost their lives at the hands of Ndlovu were her cousin Witness Madala Homu, her sister Audrey Somisa Ndlovu, her boyfriend Maurice Mabasa, her niece Zanele Motha, and her brother Mayeni Mashaba. The last of her victims was Audrey’s son, Brilliant Mashego.
Her killing spree ended when a man she had hired to kill her sister, Joyce Ndlovu, along with her five children, turned to the police.
They set up a sting operation, ultimately leading to Ndlovu being caught on camera saying how she wanted them to be burnt alive so she could cash in on insurance policies. The hit man’s acquaintances also came forward and testified how Ndlovu had also wanted her sister, Gloria Ndlovu, killed and had given a down payment to have her mother, Maria Mushwana, killed.
The motive for killing her relatives, the court concluded, was so she could cash in on large sums of insurance money. In total, Ndlovu pocketed almost R1.4m from her six victims’ lives.
For trying to kill Joyce and her children, the court handed her five-year sentences for each of their lives. For trying to kill her mother, Ndlovu got 10 years. For tampering with the scene where her sister Audrey was found dead, she got five years.
She was also handed five years on each count involving her defrauding insurance companies — forging signatures and posing as her victims while she opened insurance policies in their names.
Monama said she would effectively serve life behind bars.
In Friday’s proceedings, the court heard how a cloud of death had seemingly followed Ndlovu throughout her life.
Criminologist Lt-Col Almeria Myburgh told the court that Ndlovu had started dating at 18 and married her lover but he died in 2004, They had a son together, Jaunty, who died when he turned 13.
In a visit to Ndlovu’s village last month, locals and her sister Joyce said there was suspicion surrounding her husband’s and son’s deaths. Hand Khoza had died after falling ill while their son, Jaunty, died from suspected poisoning while he was visiting Ndlovu in Johannesburg. Before his death, he had stayed with Ndlovu’s mother in Bushbuckridge.
Myburgh told the court Ndlovu said she had dated a few men and then come across Maurice Mabasa. She and the American embassy employee moved in together and went on to have a child. He, however, was found bludgeoned to death in 2015. Their child, Makhanani, went to live with Mabasa’s mother for several months but, according to his family, Ndlovu fetched the child unexpectedly one weekend. The child was in hospital before the end of the following week and died days later. A toxicology report could not conclusively conclude what killed her. She was two.
Ndlovu pleaded not guilty to all the murder charges, saying she had nothing to do with the deaths.
Ndlovu on Friday went down still maintaining she did not kill, plan t
o kill or defraud anyone