SHE can be heard telling hitmen how to kill her sister and her five children in a secretly recorded video.
But Rosemary Ndlovu told the high court sitting at Palm Ridge, Ekurhuleni on Tuesday, 14 September that though it is her speaking, the words were put in her mouth by one of the hitmen, Njabulo Kunene.
Ndlovu claimed Njabulo and his sister Cebisile asked her to introduce them to a traditional healer in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.
She said before she could take them there, she was admitted to Life Carstenhof Hospital in Midrand for a mental illness.
So to honour her promise to take the siblings to the healer, she asked for a day pass from the hospital on 7 March 2018.
She said Njabulo fetched her from the hospital and on the way to the car, he told her the driver was a thug who loved money and that’s when he told her how to answer his questions.
In the clip, Ndlovu is heard telling hitmen that they should not shoot or stab the family as it would raise suspicion in the village.
She had taken out an insurance policy on her sister, Joyce.
“It won’t pay out for the children, only for (Joyce). But they can’t be left behind since they will be there too. You know that sparing them will mean leaving behind witnesses. So when a house burns down, everyone burns with it,” she said in the clip.
But Ndlovu denied she planned to kill her sister to claim money from the insurance company.
“It’s something that Njabulo said I must say when I’m asked questions,” she said.
She pleaded not guilty to 20 charges, including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and fraud.
According to the indictment, Ndlovu began her highly lucrative killing spree in April 2012.
She allegedly ordered hits on her sister Audrey, her nephew Brilliant Mashego, her niece Zanele Motha, her boyfriend Maurice Mabasa and her cousin Madaka Homu, in exchange for 28 insurance payouts totalling R1,4 million. Her mother and another brother were on the hit list, but were spared.
However, this was after she had already shown hitmen her mother’s photo and house.
Ndlovu told the court she believed Njabulo set her up as she had arrested him before for an unlicensed firearm.
“I never went to Bushbuckridge with the hitmen to show them my home or ask them to kill my mother,” she said.
The trial continues.