Stop wasting time, judge warns Maqubela
Cape Town - The widow of slain judge Patrick Maqubela was in two minds on Friday over the mandate of her newly-appointed Legal Aid defence counsel.
She initially decided to end his mandate, but later opted to retain his services.
This emerged at a pre-trial conference before Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, who warned Thandi Maqubela to stop wasting the court's time.
Hlophe said her trial was due to begin on October 4, and would proceed whether she had legal representation or not.
Maqubela is charged with the murder of her husband.
The judge reminded her that Johannesburg Judge John Murphy had been seconded to preside in the trial in Cape Town, and that Murphy would not allow any delays.
After proceedings were adjourned briefly three times on Friday morning to allow lawyer Marius Broeksma to consult with her urgently, Maqubela changed her mind yet again and agreed to retain Broeksma.
The matter was postponed to October 3 for a final pre-trial conference.