Just on Tuesday, she posed for the cameras, making jokes. But yesterday, multiple murder accused Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu broke down as she was being led through her testimony on the murder of her lover Maurice Mabasa, who was stabbed more than 80 times.
The ex-cop’s emotional breakdown compelled judge Ramarumo Monama to adjourn the matter for her to recollect herself in the high court in Johannesburg sitting in the Palm Ridge magistrate’s court.
Ndlovu, 43, took to the stand for the first time on Tuesday in a matter in which she is accused of murdering her sister, nieces, nephews and Mabasa.
Mabasa’s body was found in Olifantsfontein, an industrial town near Tembisa.
When her lawyer led her through her testimony in connection with Mabasa’s murder, Ndlovu cracked and cried.
The court heard the couple had been co-habiting and that they had been together for four years.
Ndlovu told the court that on October 14 2015, Mabasa, who worked as a security officer at the American Embassy in Pretoria, had failed to arrive at their home in the morning after working night shift. She said she tried to call him but both phones were off. “I grew worried and called his brother, Justice Mabasa, who said he would try to get into contact with him,” said Ndlovu.
Ndlovu said she called Mabasa’s employer to find out whether he was at work but she was told that he had knocked off.
“I then went to Olifantsfontein police station where I wanted to report him missing. While in the trauma room, a police officer came to me and asked me what the problem was. The officer then told me that they discovered a body of a man in the morning in the precinct. The officer also said they found cards on [the deceased] and identified him as Maurice Mabasa,” said Ndlovu.
Ndlovu reached another breaking point after she concluded her testimony and was permitted to see her mother, Maria Mushwana, for the first time since her arrest in 2018.
The 80-year-old is expected to take the stand today when she will testify in defence of her daughter. This is despite mounting evidence which implicated Ndlovu in a conspiracy to murder Mushwana.
Ndlovu’s alleged killing spree came to an end in March 2018 when she was arrested for ordering the murders of her mother and sister, Joyce Ndlovu, and her five children.
Yesterday, Ndlovu testified about the deaths of her sister Audrey Ndlovu, who was found poisoned and strangled in her rented room in Tembisa. She also testified about the deaths of her cousin Witness Madala Homu, who was found dead with head injuries, and her niece, Zanele Motha, who died in June 2016 after she was attacked on the streets of Kempton Park.
Her nephew Mayeni Mashaba was found murdered in Olifantsfontein after sustaining major head injuries while Brilliant Mashego, Audrey’s son, was found murdered at a marketplace in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, Ndlovu’s hometown.
The state is alleging that Ndlovu murdered her relatives and then bagged about R1.4m in insurance payouts.