Many people in Mpumalanga feel former police sergeant Rosemary Nomia Ndlovu of Bushbuckridge did not show any remorse during her murder trial and the court should impose a harsh sentence on her for the six murders she committed.

State calls for life sentence:

The case relates to the murder of five of Ndlovu’s family members and her boyfriend for insurance pay-outs totalling R1.4 million.

Ndlovu was found guilty on six counts of murder, as well as charges including attempted murder and insurance fraud at the High Court sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s court in Johannesburg. Judge Ramarumo Monama handed down the lengthy judgment at the court.

Sentencing is scheduled to take place on the fifth of November.

Here is some reaction from people in Mpumalanga.

“While she was in court you could by the look that of her eyes that she is evil, no remorse at all. There is nothing that is more important than a family, family my brother is very important so if you don’t care about your family so what about the society, no mercy, harsh sentence”, says a resident.

“We can look at Rosemary Ndlovu as an individual who committed crime but when you look at where she comes from you find she comes from a rural area. When she left Bushbuckridge to Johannesburg she went to find money, unfortunately, she went to casinos and had friends who would not advise here accordingly. If she had those who could have advised correctly, she was going to think about her mom,” adds another resident.

NPA calls for life sentence

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it will be calling for life imprisonment after Nomia Ndlovu was found guilty of murder and other charges.

The state told the court that Ndlovu had been hiring a hitman to kill her other sister and her sister’s children when she was arrested in 2018.

“The court found Rosemary Ndlovu guilty on six counts of murder, four counts of fraud, the attempted murder of her mother, incitement to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice. As the NPA, we really need to give credit to the prosecutor, Advocate Riana Williams and the Investigating Officer, Sergeant Keshi Mabunda for the splendid job that they did. In terms of the law, the sentence is life imprisonment. So, as the NPA, we will call for life imprisonment,” says NPA Spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane.