Maqubela's son: No reason for disinheritance

2012-08-29 11:09
Thandi Maqubela. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

Thandi Maqubela. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Acting judge Patrick Maqubela's son told the court that there was no reason for his father to disinherit two of his children, according to the Star newspaper on Wednesday.

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

The newspaper reported that Duma Maqubela told the court that both him and his half-sister Patiwe had a good relationship with their father and spoke to him on a regular basis.

Earlier, evidence presented in the trial showed that the two were left out of the acting judge's last will and testament, a document the State alleges is fraudulent, the newspaper reported.

However, Thandi's daughter from a previous relationship, Sfundiseni, was included in the will.

During the trial last year, it emerged that the acting judge's R20m estate would effectively be split between his wife and three of the children.

‘She was sort of hysterical’

Thandi also faces charges of fraud and forgery in addition to the murder charge for allegedly altering the will.

Two other State witnesses took the stand on Tuesday including nephew Count Maqubela, the newspaper reported.

Count testified about what happened when he told Thandi in the Eastern Cape that her husband had died on June 7 2009.

"I didn't really explain the circumstances because the moment I broke the news, Thandi showed signs of being shocked," he told the court.

"She had run outside and said: 'This can't be true; this can't be true'. I would say she was sort of hysterical."

The trial continues.
- SAPA
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