Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu, the policewoman accused of orchestrating the murders of her boyfriend and five family members to cash in on insurance policies, has continued with her erratic behaviour during her trial as she threw food at journalists on Thursday.
Ndlovu’s behaviour during her trial has shifted from animatedly posing in front of photographers, cracking jokes with journalists, crying about her murdered boyfriend, and even showing her buttocks to onlookers.
On Thursday, however, Ndlovu’s mood seemed to sour as she hurled items at members of the media while she was leaving the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.
As she is being escorted out of court, Ndlovu reaches into her handbag and throws an item at a photographer. Before climbing into the police van, Ndlovu then attempts to throw Pringles chips at other journalists filming the proceedings.
Ndlovu is accused of planning the murders of five of her relatives, as well as her boyfriend, so she could cash in on their funeral and life insurance policies. The state claims that she benefitted to the amount of R1.4-million from the policies of the people that were killed.
On Wednesday Ndlovu was in tears as she testified about the death of her boyfriend, Maurice Mabaso. Ndlovu was so emotional, the court took a break to give her time to compose herself.
Ndlovu is even accused of plotting to have her mother, Maria Mushwana, killed. Lakhiwe Mkhize, a hitman who claimed Ndlovu had paid him R2,600 to kill Mushwana, said he could not go through with the killing after Mushwana offered him water outside her house. Taking to the stand, however, Mushwana told the court that she did not believe her daughter had tried to kill her.
The murder allegations Ndlovu is facing are not confined to family though. She was transferred to the Pretoria maximum facility centre as a high-risk inmate, after information emerged that Ndlovu was plotting to have her investigating officer, Sgt Keshi Benneth Mabunda, killed while she was incarcerated at the Johannesburg Correctional Centre.
Ndlovu’s alleged killing spree came to an end when Vincent Kunene, one of the hitmen she hired to kill her sister as well as her children, was horrified that she wanted kids killed and reported it to the police. After this a trap was set, and an undercover cop filmed Ndlovu telling him to burn her sister and her five children alive in a house in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.