Woman arrested for murder of Cape Town Judge

2010-03-26 07:36

CAPE TOWN – Almost ten months after Judge Ntobeko (Patrick)

Maqhubela was found dead in his Seapoint home, police have charged a 55-year-old

Johannesburg-based woman with his murder, but would not give details to the

circumstances which led to her arrest.

The arrest of the woman yesterday was confirmed by Western Cape

police spokesperson Andre Traut.

He said the woman was arrested during the early hours of yesterday

at her Sandton residence.

“The suspect is being detained on a charge of murder, and is due to

make a court appearance next week in the Cape Town Magistrates court,” said


Maqhubela’s body was discovered in bed in his Sea Point residence

on June 6, 2009, after he failed to answer calls from concerned colleagues and

family members.

An initial diagnoses by a state pathologist on the scene suggested

that Maqhubela died of a heart attack, but preliminary post-mortem results could

not confirm the exact cause of death.

On the possibility that a crime was committed, a murder

investigation was launched.

At the time of his death, Maqubela was hearing the City of Cape

Town’s application to evict refugees from the Bluewaters camp near Muizenberg,

which was set up in 2008 following the nationwide outbreak of xenophobic


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