- In 2021, South Africans were glued to their screens watching the murder trial of Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu, a former police officer
- In a second story, lot of people were left shocked and horrified that a pastor and his wife were able to execute the brutal murder of one of their congregants
- Thirdly, Alutha Pasile killed and cut up the body of his girlfriend, Nosicelo Mtebeni, who was doing her final year of university studying law
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JOHANNESBURG - In the year 2021, South Africans saw quite a number of horrific crimes make the headlines. Many were left stunned by how a police officer was able to murder her family members for money.
A pastor and his wife were able to murder a young woman for life insurance money and a man murdered his girlfriend in a jealous rage and dismembered her body.
There have been more criminal cases, however, Briefly News will be spotlighting three stories that were on everybody's minds.
Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu murders relatives for insurance payouts
Nomia Ndlovu, who is a former policewoman at Tembisa Police Station in Johannesburg, was convicted of the murder of five of her relatives and a boyfriend.
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Ndlovu's behaviour during court proceedings shocked many with people on social media commenting about how unremorseful she had seemed. Perhaps the most shocking thing about Ndlovu is how she constantly changed hairstyles every time she appeared in court.
Ndlovu was sentenced on 5 November and was given six life sentences for the murder charges, a 10-year sentence for the attempted murder on her mother and 10 years for each count of incitement for hiring a hitman to kill her sister and her five children, according to News24.
Pastor and wife hire a hitman to kill a young woman for life insurance
Pastor Melisizwe Monqo and his wife Siphosihle Pamba sent chills down the spines of many people when it was revealed that they had an elaborate scheme to kill members of their church for life insurance money.
The pair lured in vulnerable members of their church and fraudulently took out life insurances without the knowledge of their victims. The couple planned and carried out the murder of Hlompho Mohapi Koloi.
TimesLIVE reports that Pamba called the insurance company and pretended to be Koloi and took out the life insurance policy. Days after the murder of Koloi, Pastor Monqo called the insurance company and pretended to be her boyfriend.
They were quickly found out and arrested, alongside the hitman Phumlani Qusheka. They all received a combined total of 335 years for the brutal murder of Koloi and their elaborate life insurance schemes.
Boyfriend kills his girlfriend in a jealous rage
The murder of Nosicelo Mthebeni has been described as senseless. The final-year law student at the Fort Hare University was violently killed by her boyfriend Alutha Pasile because he found text messages that alluded to her being unfaithful.
Pasile revealed in court that after killing Mtebeni, he went on the internet to find out how to dismember her body. He then decided to smoke tik before tearing her body apart and placing her limbs and torso in a suitcase, according to SABC News.
During the short court trial, Pasile asked the Mtebeni family to forgive him for the vicious murder, however, the social worker testified that upon interviewing Pasile she realised that he had no remorse for what he had done. The social worker also stated that the text messages Mtebeni was killed for had actually been sent by him years earlier.
Christmas murder: Man kills 7 in bloody attack following family squabble
In other crime-related news, Briefly News previously reported it was a tragic Christmas morning for one Limpopo family following the murder of 7 family members in Jimmy Jones Village, outside Malamulele.
A suspect is in police custody after opening fire on 7 people including his two brothers, four children and a heavily pregnant woman who is believed to be the wife of one of the deceased brothers.
It's alleged the shooting took place following a heated family squabble. The suspect, who's a registered nurse had used his own licensed firearm to carry out the murders, News24 reports.
Source: Briefly News