Maqubela's SMSes were not 'threatening'

2013-04-02 22:32
Thandi Maqubela (File: Die Burger)

Thandi Maqubela (File: Die Burger)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

  • Cape Town
    The story told in these pages is both immensely readable and endlessly interesting, and is sure to... Now R399.00
    buy now

Cape Town - Text messages Thandi Maqubela sent to her husband on his extramarital affairs were not threatening, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

The State read five SMSes sent from Maqubela's phone to her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela, between September 2007 and June 2008.

She was on the stand for his death on 5 June 2009, which she maintains was due to natural causes.

She and a co-accused Vela Mabena have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, forgery and fraud, which relate to her late husband's last will.

Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gamwo put it to Maqubela that her messages had an aggressive tone and that she had threatened to expose her husband to various people, including his parents.

Maqubela replied: "You are not correct. It's not threatening, not exposing.

"I am married and if something is wrong in our culture, you must go tell your in-laws."

Two messages Maqubela sent to her husband on 24 June 2008, alluded to a confrontation a woman had with her and a threat to report her to a police station.

The second message appeared to be about Maqubela threatening to show a "tape" to this woman's mother and other individuals. The State asked if she remembered these messages.

"At this point I cannot remember about those two SMSes," she replied.

Judge John Murphy asked if she could remember whether she had this "tape". Maqubela said she must have sent the text messages because they were from her phone.

Currie-Gamwo asked if this meant the messages could thus be accepted as the truth.

"Yes, but I am trying to remember who is this lady."

Maqubela was asked how she knew Mabena. She testified they first met for business in Cape Town, in June 2008.

He was a distributor for Forever Living Products in the Cape.

They met a second time at a workshop in Johannesburg, at the start of 2009.

In March or April 2009, they were at a business presentation and he told her he would like to get a copy of a book on natural remedies.

They arranged to meet and hand over the book on 5 June 2009, but an appointment came up.

Maqubela said they rescheduled to meet the next day.

The trial was postponed until Wednesday.


Read more on:    thandi maqubela  |  vela mabena  |  patrick maqubela  |  cape town

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Zille: Only DA can challenge ANC in F State

The DA is the only party that can challenge the ANC in the Free State, opposition party leader Helen Zille says.


Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
  • Monday Sir Lowry's Pass - 13:45 PM
    Road name: N2 Westbound
    HEAVY TRAFFIC over Sir Lowrys Pass - expect delays
  • Monday Somerset West - 13:45 PM
    Road name: N2 Westbound
    EXPECT DELAYS due to high volumes
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Apple iPad 3 Black 64GB 9.7" Tablet With WiFi & 4G

Retina Display Finally the incredible Retina display technology from the iPhone...

From R7699.00

I'm shopping for:


There may be a break through, either through quiet contemplative time to connect to your deep side or forced on you more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.