Judge’s widow faces full inquiry

2011-08-31 14:01

A full-scale inquiry is to be held on Friday into the reason for the failure of murder-accused Thandi Maqubela to attend court proceedings last month.

Maqububela was accused of the murder of her husband, Patrick, and was out on bail when she breached her bail conditions by failing to attend a pre-trial conference on July 25.

A second breach was her failure to notify the police of a change of address.

She was found at a hospital in Johannesburg, re-arrested and brought back to Cape Town early this month.

At subsequent proceedings, which she attended, medical documents were handed to the court explaining her absence.

State advocates Bonnie Currie-Gamwo and Pedro van Wyk informed the court today that they did not accept the reasons for Maqubela’s absence, and that the State required a full scale inquiry.

Johannesburg Judge John Murphy scheduled the inquiry for Friday.Murphy has been seconded from the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg to preside over the case because Judge Maqubela and his widow were too well-known to the judges in the Western Cape for any of them to have tried the case.

Maqubela faced several charges, including murder, in respect of the death of her husband, who at the time of his death was an acting judge in the Western Cape.

He was found dead in his luxury Bantry Bay, Cape Town flat in June 5, 2009.

His wife was arrested at her Sandton home in March last year, following allegations that he had been poisoned.

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