Accused kill-for-cash cop cool and calm in court

By Everson Luhanga

Part 9

Sharing Marie biscuits with her brother, Sergeant Rosemary Ndlovu is always calm under pressure. 

I have watched her in court many times, and she never loses her cool. She was dressed beautifully when she appeared in Tembisa Magistrate’s Court last time.

In a warm woolly jersey, a flowery dress and shiny black high-heels, Rosemary walked in. There were three armed policemen and two policewomen by her side. Six police cars were outside.

It was a big day – her case was being moved to the High Court.

This meant joining up the 13 charges of murder and conspiracy to murder. The cops have also added new charges, this time of allegedly plotting to kill colleagues investigating her kill-for-cash family murders.

Rosemary was in a happy mood, and she had a chance to speak to her brother, Director Ndlovu. As we reported in Part 7, he has supported her throughout. 

The transfer of the case to the Johannesburg High Court took less than 10 minutes. Until now, Rosemary has appeared many times in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court, to try and get bail. 

While she was waiting for the investigating officer to finish the paperwork, Rosemary sat in a marked police Quantum taxi eating toasted bread and cheese. 

She kept on telling her brother Director, standing nearby, that she would be out and back with the family in October.

Director added: “You won‘t be sentenced. You will be back.”

Rosemary had some Marie biscuits, which she had brought from the prison. She could not reach the Director to give him a biscuit, so I passed the sealed packet to him, while she sat under guard in the police minibus.

Soon the investigating officer arrived with the updated file and handed it over to the police officers guarding her. They then set off to Pretoria‘s Kgosi Mampuru II prison.

There she is under special 24-hour guard after she was found with two smartphones in her cell.

The trial starts in the Johannesburg High Court on 20 September. As we have reported, the verdict is not a sure thing. 

Rosemary is accused of arranging killings that she got other people to carry out, which could be hard to prove. The state also has to prove the link between the deaths and the insurance policies – how Rosemary arranged them, and how she organised collecting the cash.

Killsurance will be back soon with a sequel.

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