Maqubela judgement continues

By Drum Digital
07 November 2013

On Tuesday the judgment was postponed because she was suffering from vertigo.

Judgment is expected to continue in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday in the trial of Thandi Maqubela, accused of killing her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela.

Her lawyer, Marius Broeksma, said Maqubela 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 Thursday 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 to continue tomorrow."

He granted a postponement until Thursday.

Maqubela and her co-accused Vela Mabena have pleaded not guilty to suffocating her husband with cling-wrap 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.

-by Sapa

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