Thandi Maqubela ‘created impression husband was still alive’

2013-11-05 12:32

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Thandi Maqubela created the impression that her husband was alive when she knew he was dead, Judge John Murphy has said in the Western Cape High Court.

Handing down a lengthy judgment today, he said this was one of the legitimate inferences drawn from pieces of evidence and false accounts of her movements.

Murphy said the description of her activities on June 5 2009, given in police statements and in testimony, was inconsistent with the mapping of her cellphone signals by an expert.

“Her two versions are so at odds that both can be rejected as untrue.”

She and her co-accused, Vela Mabena, have pleaded not guilty to suffocating acting Judge Patrick Maqubela with clingfilm in his Sea Point, Cape Town, apartment on June 5 2009.

She has also denied guilt on fraud and forgery charges related to a document she claims is her husband’s will.

Murphy listed the other inferences that could be drawn from Thandi Maqubela’s “patent dishonesty” of her whereabouts that day.

He said she had no intention of flying to Qumbu in the Eastern Cape with her husband that day, but sought to create that false impression to the police and other people.

“She knew by midday that the deceased was incapacitated or dead in the apartment,” Murphy said.

He said it could be inferred that she was in the apartment with his body, hid the fact that he was dead and “took steps to create the impression” that he was alive when she knew he was not.

Yesterday, Murphy said the judgment was over 220 pages long. It contained complex issues of facts and law, and would take two to three days to read out.

He asked the media to be prudent in this time and to avoid reaching preliminary conclusions “because the judgment is so complex and there are so many factual findings to be made”.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.