Witness tells of Maqubela's girlfriends
Johannesburg - Slain acting High Court judge Patrick Maqubela had more than one girlfriend, a State witness in his murder trial testified on Thursday.
According to SABC news, Gabula Ndamse said in the Western Cape High Court during cross-examination that the judge's widow Thandi had told him about his uncle's extra-marital affairs.
Ndamse said he became worried when the judge failed to honour a meeting on June 5 2009 - the day he was found suffocated in his luxury Bantry Bay flat.
Thandi Maqubela and co-accused Vela Mabena are on trial for Maqubela's murder. Both have denied guilt.
The widow has also pleaded not guilty to charges of forgery and fraud.
On the latter two counts, she allegedly forged her deceased husband's will, and fraudulently lodged it at the South Gauteng office of the Master of the High Court.
On Wednesday, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe told the court of a meeting the widow arranged with him, the day before the judge's murder, to discuss the judge's extra-marital affairs.
She told the minister her husband had had numerous affairs.
"She indicated that her husband was a sex addict," Radebe testified.
"I asked how she had got this information, but she would not disclose it to me, and I noted that she was getting very angry."
Radebe said he and the judge met in the 1970s, and were old friends.
Radebe called the judge immediately after the meeting with his wife.
"She requested me to call him, but I would have done so anyway, to inform him of the allegations, and that his wife intended going public about it," the minister testified.
Maqubela was killed the next day.
The trial resumes on Monday.