Thandi Maqubela collapses mid-judgment

2013-11-06 11:18

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Judgment against Thandi Maqubela was adjourned this morning when she collapsed in the dock of the Western Cape High Court.

Judge John Murphy had just resumed handing down his lengthy judgment and was two minutes into it, around 10.30am, when Maqubela seemed to faint and collapsed on the bench next to her co-accused, Vela Mabena. Murphy adjourned the matter.

She first collapsed five minutes before the judge entered and her lawyer, Marius Broeksma, helped her.

Police officials swarmed around Maqubela, dressed in a gold headdress, black and gold twinsuit, and high heels.

Her sister entered the dock, sat next to her, comforted her and spoke to someone on a cellphone.

People in the packed public gallery craned their necks to see what was going on. Broeksma entered the courtroom a few minutes later.

“We’re standing down until two o’clock for my client to attend the doctor,” he said.

The pair have pleaded not guilty to suffocating her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela, with cling-wrap in his Sea Point, Cape Town, apartment on Friday June 5 2009. His body was discovered that Sunday afternoon.

She has also denied guilt on fraud and forgery charges related to a document she claims is her husband’s will.

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