Dressed in a fluffy white polka dot sweater, Rosemary Ndlovu – the woman dubbed the Killsurance Killer – joked with the media during lunch inside the Palmridge High Court on Tuesday.
She even laughed to the journalists, “Who would have thought Rosemary would be a celebrity?”
Taking to the witness stand, the former police sergeant, who had been in the police force for 15 years and was stationed at Tembisa South police station, denied all the allegations against her.
She said she never planned to kill her sister and five children in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga. She denied being in the house with the hitmen. “I never met them,” she told the court.
Rosemary seemed to lose her cool when she explained that it was impossible that she travelled with the hitmen to her mother’s house in Mpumalanga.
“I didn’t give any of them my mom’s picture. When they say they found her sitting under a banana tree, how did they know that she was my mother?” she said.
She said there are people who would have recognised her in Bushbuckridge and she would have not taken the risk of going there.
Despite video footage taken by an undercover police officer shown at the trial, showing her instructing hitmen, Rosemary still denied the allegations.
She said the only time she went to Bushbuckridge with one hitman and the hitman’s sister was when she went to introduce them to a traditional healer in the area.
If found guilty, she will go down in South African criminal history as one of South Africa’s most cunning mass murderers.
Investigators said that after seven years in the force in April 2012, she began a highly lucrative killing spree, beginning with her cousin, Madaka.
Over the next six years, she is alleged to have killed her sister Audrey, her nephew Brilliant, her niece Zanele, and her boyfriend Maurice Mabasa. A total of five murders in exchange for 28 insurance payouts totalling R1.38 million.
She is also accused of several counts of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. She allegedly hired hitmen to kill two of her sisters, her own mother and the police detectives who were investigating her.
The effort to arrest Ndlovu started in 2018 when her commander at Tembisa South police station, Colonel Nthipe Boloka, initiated a sting.
Travelling in a car that she did not know was rigged for recording, she discussed murdering her relatives with the hitmen she allegedly hired.
When she was arrested, Ndlovu denied the charges, and has maintained her innocence ever since.