A former police officer, who was sentenced to six life sentences at the end of 2021 for the murders of several of her family members, was caught with a mobile phone in her prison cell.
Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu is now being charged internally by the Department of Correctional Services (DKD).
“Prisoners who are found in possession of mobile phones are charged in terms of section 23 (1) of the Correctional Services Act,” says Singabakho Nzumalo, spokesperson for the department. “They are then reprimanded accordingly, a process that can involve, among other things, the withdrawal of certain privileges for a specified period, reclassification (downgrading) and other punitive measures.”
At the time, Ndlovu was on trial on six charges of murder, four of fraud, one charge of defeating the law, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder, or alternatively eight charges of incitement to commit murder.
Ndlovu was a respected sergeant in the police before she was charged with the murders of, among others, her sister, two nieces, a niece and her boyfriend. The victims all died between 2012 and 2017 and were attacked with blunt objects, strangled or shot.
Ndlovu was accused of taking out the life insurance policies and funeral policies in the victims’ names and claiming the money after their death. She was also sentenced to 40 years in prison for four counts of fraud with policies from Clientèle Limited, 1Life, Old Mutual and Assupol Life. More than R1.3 million was eventually paid out to Ndlovu.
Ndlovu was sentenced to another ten years in prison for the attempted murder of her mother and another 60 years for inciting an assassin, Njabulo Kunene, to kill her sister Joyce Ndlovu and her five children.
In the meantime, Ndlovu must appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for another murder trial. In the case, she is accused of assisting a former colleague to arrange an assassin to kill the colleague’s husband. The murder never took place.