Former police officer Nomia Ndlovu sought to explain why her cousin, Madala Homu, who was murdered in 2012, was registered as a spouse on her policy documents instead of cousin.

Ndlovu is accused of the murders of six of her family members between 2012 and 2018. 

Homu, who stayed in Kaalfontein in Tembisa, was found dead with head injuries in 2012. 

On the registration of Homu as a spouse instead of a cousin, Ndlovu says she had been honest with the insurance company during her policy application and that the mistake had been on the part of the insurance company. 

She again mentioned Homu as a spouse during her claiming from the insurance company in 2012 following Homu’s murder and she says this because she was told it would not make any difference not to do so. 

“I explained to them the relationship I had with him, but they told me on their side it says spouse. So, they said the mistake could have been made at the time of taking a policy. Nothing else I was asked. I was told to complete the forms as they were,” says Ndlovu. 

The prosecution brought up earlier evidence by an insurance company official in which the official testified to the benefits of registering someone as a spouse, which includes not having to pay premiums for them. However, Ndlovu insist that was not her motive. 

The court has heard that Ndlovu benefitted just over R131 000 in insurance policy payouts following Homu’s murder. Asked about how much of that money was used to help with funeral expenses, Ndlovu says she handed R15 000 in cash to the family in Tzaneen after the funeral. 

Her version was denied by the family, which was supported by an earlier affidavit in which Ndlovu is quoted as saying the only conversation she had had with Homu’s mother was when she insisted Ndlovu hands over all policy payouts, while denying her to be part of the funeral arrangements and ritual, which was the reason why she had chosen not to help with funeral arrangements. She has told the court that the affidavit referred to was not written by her.  

The trial continues.