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Judge's wife believed he was sex addict

2011-11-02 22:25

Johannesburg - Because of his extra-marital relationships, Thandi Maqubela, widow of slain acting judge Patrick Maqubela, told Justice Minister Jeff Radebe that she believed her husband "was addicted to sex", the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday.

Radebe told the court: "She indicated that her husband was a sex addict.

"I asked how she had got this information, but she would not disclose it to me, and I noted that she was getting very angry."

The widow is on trial for the murder of her husband, and is also charged with forging his will and fraudulently presenting it to the South Gauteng office of the Master of the High Court.

An erudite Radebe told the court that the widow had arranged a meeting in his office in Cape Town, "to discuss 'sensitive stuff', which turned out to be her determination to go public about the judge's affairs.

The meeting happened on June 4 2009, and the State alleges that the judge was murdered the very next day.

The widow was aware at the time of the meeting that her husband was keen to secure a permanent appointment, Radebe said.

He said the widow's purpose in informing him of her husband's affairs, was to make Radebe, as minister of justice, aware of the "kind of man he was".

Senior State advocate Bonnie Currie-Gamwo asked Radebe what his impression was of his meeting with the wife.

He replied: "I felt this was a woman very angry about the behaviour of her husband, and that she wanted to destroy his reputation in the public domain.

"She said she would use her information so that the public know what people like the deceased do.

"She would have done this by way of letters to the print media, radio interviews and talk shows."

Radebe said the meeting left him feeling "very concerned", because the judge was both a friend, a comrade and an acting judge.

This would reflect badly on the judiciary, he said.

Radebe said he realised that the wife was serious about her plans, had made up her mind and was determined.

At the meeting, she had mentioned divorce, but said she did not believe in it because she was a member of the Jehovah's Witness movement who believed that marriage vows meant the couple were to remain together "until death do us part".

During the meeting, he thought of the expression, "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned", he said.

Asked if the widow had wanted to reconcile with her husband, Radebe answered: "Not at all."

Radebe said he called the judge immediately after the meeting.

He added: "She requested me to call him, but I would have done so anyway, to inform him of the allegations, and that his wife intended going public about it."

Radebe said he was aware that the judge was at that stage lobbying for a permanent appointment, and his impression was that his wife was trying to influence him, as minister of justice, against such an appointment.

The hearing continues.

Comments
  • godfrey.kubheka - 2011-11-03 00:11

    Even if he was,no one deserves to be murdered!!! thats the Law. finish and klaar!!!

      Lauren - 2011-11-03 00:41

      Agreed, Godfrey!!!

      Jason - 2011-11-03 08:15

      Hell hath no wrath like a woman scorned!

  • alansmart223 - 2011-11-03 01:35

    ... and another one bites the dust!

  • Atholl - 2011-11-03 02:18

    Before the judge was a judge (acting) he would have 'practiced' as an attorney or an advocate .... Is this case about a robbery, housebreaking or fraud or a severe case of domestic //virwolince//vowelence . .... oops ... this is a murder case ... the judge/lawyer was murdered .... ... and the minister of justice is a witness (nogal) ... a close friend ?? ... a useful judge? ... useful witness ? Lawyers do seem to be subjected to more violence lately - is it b'cause of no confidence in the conventional 'court' process that people seek alternative justice ? ... like on the freeway .. ... ...... law is a dirty game ...

      Atholl - 2011-11-03 07:13

      Margie, there are two issues w.r.t. 'what's happening': 1. The rapid spread of information - due to technology - i'net, i'pad, i'pod & of course i'see. 2. Good systems that are placed in bad hands. ONE - info on steroids - makes it very difficult to hide (internationally) what was previously disguised or kept secret (by the media?). TWO - Judges, advocates, attorneys are the 'office bearers' of the [good] Constitution and the Bill of Rights - in order to change the destiny of any business, institution, province, country etc. a 'System' only needs to target a few strategically placed [bad] people in positions of authority and the [good] Constitution will suffer. ± 260 judges - (10%) 26 'useful' judges made to 'go bad' and everyone subject to the Constitution will feel it. it's like the 'chambers' of white-collar-crime on steroids.

  • Andre - 2011-11-03 06:52

    'SHE'... as the younsters say today.."neva put out!"... from my perspective and her sense of dressing, she appears to indulge herself and only herself... easy to blame the dead who cannot defend themselves..neh?

      Braam - 2011-11-03 07:26

      True

  • Kala - 2011-11-03 08:19

    So as a Jehova's Witness it's not right to get divorced but it's OK to speed up the "death do us part" bit.

      thabemudzu - 2011-11-03 09:16

      hehehe maybe he told her that over his dead body when she asked him to stop cheating and she had it arranged

  • lebo.lathane - 2011-11-03 08:41

    And so he had to be taken to a '6-feet under' rehab? How does this work?

  • Cynthia - 2011-11-03 10:44

    I don't believe for a moment that the Judge was addicted to sex and even if he was, it did't impair his judgment on cases which came before him, only his judgement in marrying her. No, I do not know him personally. Fraudulently presenting a forged Will to the South Gauteng office of the Master of the High Court? Did she think they were a bunch of idiots? She obviously wanted to destroy him, but didn't mind reaping the benefits of his Will. I shall watch with interest to hear what her sentence will be because she will surely not get off scot free, not if there is any justice left in this country!!! With a wife like her, I wouldn't blame him if he did look elsewhere!!! Rest in peace now, Judge.

      Shanna - 2011-11-03 12:20

      Cynthia have you followed any of the judges cases? maybe she knew the justice system is flawed that`s why she tried submitting the will. I think because they were in financial dire straits that`s why she did wot she did and not because he was sc##wing around. We all know that they may have many wives and g/friends........LOL

  • Cynthia - 2011-11-03 13:05

    @Shanna - No Shanna I have not read any of the Judge's cases. Whatever he DID or DIDN'T DO, she is not God. She is accused of murder and had no right to take or organise to take her husband's life. She should rather have just got out and moved on. Who knows - she most probably would have received a generous divorce settlement. How true, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!

  • mokgadim - 2011-11-03 14:23

    When are people going to learn to walk away? If it's not working just walk away. You kill someone and even if you don't go to jail, it's something you have to live with for the rest of your sorry days on earth! Just walk and keep walking!!

  • Jaco - 2011-11-03 15:10

    Yes why don`t you trash your dead husbands name more? You useless ho.

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