Hlophe: Judges want out of Maqubela case

2011-10-03 16:40

Cape Town - No Western Cape High Court judge wants anything to do with the case against Thandi Maqubela, who is charged with murdering her husband acting judge Patrick Maqubela, Judge President John Hlophe said on Monday.

"None of us want anything to do with the Maqubela case," Hlophe said, including himself.

He was speaking at the widow's final pre-trial conference.

The trial was scheduled to start on Tuesday, but was postponed to October 10 at the request of Maqubela's newly-appointed defence counsel Marius Broeksma.

Broeksma told the court he would launch a formal application for yet another postponement on October 10.

He said Maqubela recently moved from Johannesburg to the Strand, near Cape Town, for the duration of her trial.

He said her bail conditions required her to report daily to the Strand police station, but said this requirement cut short the time he had to consult with her.

Hlophe told Broeksma both applications "for a further postponement and for the relaxation of Maqubela's bail conditions" would have to be brought before Johannesburg Judge John Murphy, who has been seconded to Cape Town to preside in the case.

Broeksma said he had only recently been briefed, and that he was required to peruse the docket, consisting of more than 700 pages, and consult Maqubela about the contents.

Senior State advocate Bonnie Currie-Gamwo told the court she would vigorously oppose Broeksma's application for a further postponement.

She said extensive arrangements had been made for a number of State witnesses to travel to Cape Town, at State expense, for the start of the trial on October 10.

A further postponement would inconvenience them and waste resources.

She said there had recently been a formal inquiry into Maqubela's absence from proceedings last month.

Currie-Gamwo said she had in fact stopped the inquiry so the trial could start on October 4, and had reluctantly agreed to the further postponement to October 10.

Defence attorney Randal Titus, for Maqubela's co-accused Vela Mabena, told the court he was ready for trial.

  • BadSpike - 2011-10-03 16:56

    Another case of wasting taxpayers money. I hope that the evasion tactics doesn't work and that she gets her just desserts.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-03 22:40

      Difficult to preside the case when you, and ALL your Cadre's, are well AWARE of the Activities your "SISTER CADRE" has been up to! Now we understand why the Cadre's that have been caught with their hands in the COOKIE JAR, don't get their time infront of a court...

  • Umfubi - 2011-10-03 17:13

    a) Why the hell should living in the Strand influence consulting-times... plenty of people live there and commute into town daily. Perhaps the lady should get up a little earlier? and... b) if living a little way out of town adversely affects what she came to CT for, then surely it is a no-brainer that she should have picked another place to live in. What a load of codswallop.

  • OZNOB - 2011-10-03 17:30

    THIS GIRL IS USING JUST ABOUT EVERY trick in the book to delay the judge should not allow her attorney to postpone the trial any longer and also get her to report twice a day to the police station . the only reason the lady is doing this is because she is as guilty as sin and she is trying to get out of going to court

      PietPompies - 2011-10-03 18:06

      How do you know that she is guilty when the trial has not even started?

      woogoo - 2011-10-03 18:32

      She probably wants to pass away outside of Jail? Before she could stand trial? Sounds like a feasible process delay long enough - and you get away with murder on this side but eish what about the other side?

      PietPompies - 2011-10-03 19:02

      @Sven,your argument is only practical in an uncivilised society.

  • george60 - 2011-10-03 17:59

    This case has been dragging now for years? Just shows you the inabilty of our justice system,but when the ANC building in Johannesburg was partly gutted by arson the case took only 2 days? In the meantime madame Maqubela is getting VIP treatment at my expense?

      PietPompies - 2011-10-03 18:05

      She is entitled to fair administrative justice.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-10-03 18:10

      How many years has it been dragging on?

      Sven - 2011-10-03 18:19

      PietPompies, in fact she deserves to be lined up in front of a whitewashed wall and shot, it would serve both justice and the hard working taxpayer.

  • Kgwadi - 2011-10-04 07:59

    People,the judges were colleques to the murdered judge,hence,someone from outside is needed to preside over the case so that there will not be any room for "perceived bias" against the lady.It sound ethical to me.

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