Thandi Maqubela suffering from vertigo, judgment postponed

2013-11-06 15:25

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Judgment in the murder trial of Thandi Maqubela has been postponed by the Western Cape High Court because she was suffering from vertigo.

Her lawyer, Marius Broeksma, said she was taken to the doctor during lunch after collapsing in the dock earlier in the day.

He said the doctor had booked her off until tomorrow and handed a note to Judge John Murphy. Murphy inspected it and read it out.

“The note says Mrs Maqubela, accused number one, is suffering from vertigo and possibly a middle-ear infection, and has been given medication,” he said.

“She will only be stable [enough] to continue tomorrow.”

He granted a postponement until tomorrow.

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

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

Maqubela collapsed twice in the courtroom on Wednesday morning, first before the judge had entered and then in the dock.

After lunch, she seemed tired and dark circles were visible under her eyes, normally hidden because she wore sunglasses or reading glasses.

She also wrapped a pashmina around her neck and used it to cover her mouth while waiting for the judge to enter.

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