South African ex-policewoman Nomia Rosamary Ndlovu was found guilty in the murders of five of her relatives and her boyfriend during a long, grueling trial.
Between 2012 and 2018, six of them were killed, with most of their deaths being done by a hitman to make sure she would get life-insurance payments.
She was 46 years old when her brother was murdered.
Next month, she will be sentenced.
Ndlovu was also found guilty of the attempted murder of her mother, Maria Mushwana, as well as insurance fraud after having pocketed an estimated 1.4m rand ($95,000; £69,000).
The prosecution showed that she had organized life and funeral insurance and had her family members killed.
Witness Madala Homu (her cousin) was the first victim to be killed in March 2012. Her sister, her boyfriend, niece, and two nephews then all died.
Brilliant Mashego was her last victim. She died January 2018.
She hired hitmen in most murder cases, but she strangled Audrey Somisa Ndlovu by poisoning her own sister.
She approached another sister to murder her and five of the sisters’ children.
According to the Times Live news website, she informed police that the man she had hired was aware of her plans. They then organized a sting operation in order to capture her discussing them.
Ndlovu said that she would like the six of them to be killed at home, and she was referring to the need for money. Times Live reports.
Ndlovu, who maintained her innocence throughout the trial, accused many state witnesses of lying.
The prosecution presented evidence that she was with many of her victims prior to their deaths, and had received benefits afterwards.
The AFP quoted Riana Williams as saying, “The accused either saw them alive last or first noticed that they had disappeared.”
So that she could cash in on funeral and life insurance, “She chose herself to be the beneficiary.”
- South Africa
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