Maqubela claims may have been followed

2013-04-15 22:12
Thandi Maqubela (Picture: Die Burger)

Thandi Maqubela (Picture: Die Burger)

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Cape Town - Judge Patrick Maqubela's widow Thandi was questioned in the Western Cape High Court on Monday about who had her husband's phone when he died.

Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gamwo has repeatedly suggested Thandi Maqubela had possession of the cellphone.

This was revealed by the call records and the phone's location.

She said Maqubela's two cellphones and her husband's cellphone were near Cape Town International Airport at the same time she was there.

It was later at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, also when she was there.

Maqubela denied she had her husband's cellphone, and suggested someone else, unknown to her, had the cellphone and was following her secretly.

"Are you suggesting that it was purely a coincidence that the cellphones triggered together at both airports whilst you were there?" Currie-Gamwo asked.

"I do not know what to suggest. I have never had my husband's phone on me." Maqubela replied.

She questioned the accuracy of the cellphone and mapping records.

Judge John Murphy asked Maqubela to answer the questions, rather than comment on the reliability of records.

"Your defence counsel will later address the court in closing argument about the reliability of the records," he said.

The acting judge's body was found in his luxury Bantry Bay apartment on Sunday 7 June 2009.

Maqubela told the court she had been at her Sandton, Johannesburg, home the previous day and had last spoken to her husband that Friday.

Asked if by Saturday she had informed anyone that she was unable to make contact with her husband, she said she could not remember.

"I think I phoned him, but he did not reply," Maqubela said.

Asked what she did when her husband failed to reply, she said: "I do not understand".

Currie-Gamwo repeated the question, and she replied: "I did nothing, except phone again and send SMS messages".

The trial continues.

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