Six Life Terms For Serial Killer Ex-Cop Nomia Ndlovu

Convicted multiple murderer Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu was on Friday sentenced in the high court sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court to six life prison terms for the murders of five relatives and her lover.

Although Ndlovu denied any guilt she offered an apology to her surviving relatives, saying she was sorry they had been persuaded by the court that she had a hand in the murders.

“I want to say to all the families that I did not do it, the truth is only known by God. I would like to ask them to forgive me,” said Ndlovu, adding that she had made peace with whatever the court would decide about her fate.

None of the five witnesses who took the stand before the sentence gave any mitigating factors.

Four of the witnesses – who are related to the accused – broke down.

Witness Justice Mabasa said Ndlovu killed his brother “like a dog”. He said the only way he will forgive Ndlovu was if she admits what she did and tells the family why she killed his brother.

Mabasa said Ndlovu lied under oath when she claimed she assisted with his brother’s burial.

However, it was not in dispute that the 46-year-old multiple murder accused fraudulently collected insurance payouts after the deaths

Judge Ramarumo Monama, who described Ndlovu as a “serial killer” said the former cop failed to show any remorse.

Judge Monama imposed six life imprisonment terms on Ndlovu for five murders of her relatives Witness Madala Homu, Audrey Somisa Ndlovu, Zanele Motha, Mayeni Mashaba, Brilliant Mashego and her boyfriend, Maurice Mabasa.

All the deceased were killed so she could cash in on insurance claims.

She was further sentenced to 40 years for four counts of fraud perpetrated on insurance companies Clientele Limited, 1Life, Old Mutual and Assupol Life. 

Ndlovu received monetary benefits to the tune of about R1 384 959-00 following the deaths of her relatives that she took out accidental life and funeral policies for, between April 2013 to October 2015.

Ndlovu was further sentenced to 10 years for attempting to kill her mother and a further 60 years for inciting a hitman to commit the murders of her sister Joyce and her children.

Ndlovu sourced a hit man, Njabulo Kunene to kill her sister Joyce Ndlovu and her five children. 

Njabulo informed the police and an undercover officer was roped in as the second hitman.

The strategy was that Ndlovu would book herself in at Carstenhof Hospital. 

The hitman would then come to pick her up so that she can go with them to Bushbuckridge to point out her sister and her place of residence.

On 7 March 2021, the plan was carried out. On their way to Bushbuckridge, Ndlovu bought petrol and further shared how she wanted her sister to be burnt in her sleep, together with her kids so that no witnesses were left behind. 

Unbeknown to her that all this information was recorded by cameras that were installed in the car they were driving into Bushbuckridge.

On arrival at Bushbuckridge, Ndlovu pointed out her sister’s house and was thereafter transported to the taxi rank to board a taxi back to Johannesburg. 

The arrest was then effected. Ndlovu pleaded not guilty to all charges and told the court that the purpose for the Bushbuckridge trip was to take these men to a traditional healer.

State Advocate Riana Williams argued that Ndlovu has shown no remorse and there were no prospects of successfully rehabilitating her.