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Maqubela feared HIV, court hears

2012-09-04 10:19

Johannesburg - Murder accused Thandi Maqubela was concerned her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela, would bring HIV into the family, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

Maqubela is on trial with co-accused Vela Mabena in the Cape Town Labour Court for her husband's alleged murder.

The newspaper reported that defence lawyer Marius Broeksma put Maqubela's concern about HIV coming into the family before State witness Mzimkulu Dilima, a medical doctor and a friend of Maqubela's husband for 40 years.

Dilima testified that Maqubela came to see him in late 2008 or early 2009 and showed him a file containing information, such as photos and hotel bills relating to her husband's alleged affairs.

"She said I must please talk to the judge because she didn't like this and she didn't approve of it," Dilima told the court.

Broeksma suggested to Dilima that Maqubela had not only gone to see him because he was her husband's friend, but also because he was a doctor and he would understand the health risks of the acting judge sleeping around.

Strange SMS

Broeksma said Maqubela raised concerns regarding HIV and contracting the virus.

Dilima said he did not recall this, as it was never a striking point in their conversation, the Cape Times reported.

Dilima said he received an SMS from the acting judge on June 5 2009 the day he suffocated in his Bantry Bay flat in Cape Town.

The State believes by the time Dilima received the SMS, the acting judge was already dead, with Dilima telling the court the acting judge never sent SMSs, preferring to phone instead.

He said the SMS stated the acting judge had been trying to reach him several times and that Dilima was not available. Dilima said he had received the SMS around 11:00, according to the newspaper.

Broeksma said cellphone records showed the SMS had been received at 20:56 on June 4. Dilimsa said he had checked his phone in the afternoon and had switched it off to attend a funeral.

The trial continues.

Comments
  • loo.steyn - 2012-09-04 10:31

    Janee ... make sure your wife agrees with your will it seems.

  • erich.goosen - 2012-09-04 10:58

    Maybe a penis amputation rather than death would have been a solution.

      firstseed.mbeva.9 - 2012-09-04 11:20

      The same difference,a man without stick,hahahaha

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-04 11:17

    Has this woman not heard of divorce? Oh I forgot-she was after the money!

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-04 11:40

      R20 mil.. a decent sum. And then she made up a bogus will so she and her daughter could benefit.. Must send her to brandvlei wif Dina and Najwa.. coniving wenches

  • Ethel Mudau - 2012-09-04 11:26

    not true.how does she know wether the husband was condomising.who said its only husbands that bring hiv to families.she had her own motives [money money]n iwish she forfeits all of it

  • john.jacobs16 - 2012-09-04 12:11

    THE JUDGE MUST HAVE BEEN ABUSING THIS WOMAN BIG TIME , SHE LOVED HER HUSBAND AND HOPED HE WILL COME TO HIS SENSES BUT THE JUDGE NEVER DID , SHE EVEN WENT TO DISCUSS THEIR MARITAL PROBLEM WITH THE JUDGE FRIENDS IN THE HOPE THERE WILL PURSUADE THE MAN TO SEE THE LIGHT BUT IT NEVER HAPPENED ,WITH ALL THE PAIN AND SUFFERING SHE WAS GOING SHE OPTED FOR THE TERRIBLE OPTION,

  • rdeloca - 2012-09-04 13:33

    Blame the victim. Is that the best that a defense can do? What transpired between the Maqubelas in their bedroom leading to any cheating - perceived or not - is not the matter for scrutiny. The fact that she had him KILLED is.

      ati.mosupyoe - 2012-09-04 14:49

      Has she killed him or the trial is still going on? You have convicted her--let the court decide before we declare her guilty as charged

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