Maqubela's widow gets legal aid

2011-02-04 17:32
Cape Town - The widow of murdered acting judge Patrick Maqubela is to be defended at taxpayer's expense, it emerged in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

At a pre-trial hearing, prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gamwo told Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe that Legal Aid had appointed an advocate to act for Thandi Maqubela.

She was represented initially by Johannesburg advocate Kenny Oldwadge, but he told a magistrate in August that she had financial problems.

The State says the case also involves a forged will in which Maqubela is the beneficiary of R20m.

The trial has been set to start on April 11.

Hlophe on Friday scheduled another pre-trial appearance for March 4.

Maqubela and co-accused Vela Mabena are charged with murdering her husband, who was acting in the Western Cape High Court. He was found dead in his luxury Bantry Bay apartment on June 5 last year.

Four Western Cape judges are expected to testify for the prosecution and a judge from another division will be called in to hear the case.

Maqubela and Mabena are on bail.

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