During the high drama of Nomia Ndlovu’s murder trial, one thing that has consistently upset the defendant is the mention of her former partner Maurice Mabasa. The suspect is accused of planning the murder of her boyfriend, alongside plots to kill several members of her own family – just to cash in on the insurance payout.
Needless to say, Nomia Ndlovu hasn’t been a very conventional presence in the dock. From eating chips on the stand, to flashing her backside at reporters, her unnerving behaviour has created a very inconvenient sideshow.
Whatever the reason for her erratic conduct, it’s not likely to do her any favours in the long run. Ndlovu is accused of trying to secure roughly R1.5 million in life insurance policies – and allegedly stopped at nothing to get it.
Her sister, cousin, niece, and two nephews were all wiped out by third parties. It’s also believed Nomia Ndlovu wanted to cash-in on her elderly mother, but one of the implicated hitmen bottled the job at the last moment. However, it seems the biggest payday of the lot was linked to Maurice Mabasa.
The boyfriend’s death saw the alleged mastermind receive just under R420 000 from the payout, which is almost 60 times the value of her monthly salary, sitting at R7 088. A full breakdown of the costs can be viewed here:
Following Maurice Mabasa's death, #NomiaNdlovu received R21 000 a week later, then R9 240; R2100; R3200; R2000; R15 000; R26 000; R20 000 from various insurance policies to the tune of R416 000.— Sipho King K Kekana (@KingKAzania) September 20, 2021
Her salary at the time was R7088.#SABCNews pic.twitter.com/BmnWVvA8sX
There was plenty of controversy abound when Nomia Ndlovu – also known as Rosemary – entered the dock wearing shackles on Monday. She complained about the pain caused by the cast-iron restraints.
A court official ended up loosening the chains, but they could not be removed completely after Correctional Services deemed her to be ‘too much of a security risk’. The trial continues on Monday afternoon.