Maqubela back in court in March

2014-12-02 13:15
Thandi Maqubela (Picture: Sapa)

Thandi Maqubela (Picture: Sapa)

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Cape Town - Thandi Maqubela, who has yet to be sentenced for the murder of her husband, will be back in the Western Cape High Court only in March, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday.

Western Cape NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said Maqubela made a brief appearance in the court on Monday and the matter was postponed to 16 March.

She was admitted for observation at Valkenberg psychiatric hospital after acting out of character at an appearance in September. At the time, she was dishevelled, confused, and asked to be taken to her husband.

A panel was asked to compile a report on whether she was fit to understand sentencing proceedings. The court granted a postponement to next year because of a possible challenge to the mental health report.

An expert psychiatrist Maqubela wanted to consult was available only at that time. She also needed legal representation.

Found guilty

Last November, the same court found Maqubela guilty of killing her acting judge husband Patrick Maqubela in June 2009, despite not having conclusive medical evidence pinpointing a cause of death.

She was found guilty of forging her husband's will and committing fraud by causing potential prejudice to his estate.
The judge was based at the Western Cape High Court at the time of his death.

Admitted to hospital

According to eNCA online on Tuesday, Maqubela was admitted to intensive care at the New Somerset Hospital in Cape Town on Monday.

"She was hospitalised but she is back in our facility in the care of correctional services," correctional services department spokesperson Logan Maistry said.

Asked why she was admitted, he said department regulations did not allow for "blow-by-blow information" on individual offenders.
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