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Maqubela too broke for lawyers - report

2014-07-27 12:55

Johannesburg - Convicted killer Thandi Maqubela will be representing herself legally as she is broke and can no longer afford lawyers, The Sunday Independent reported.

"So she's in a difficult position right now," retired attorney and family friend Les Civin was quoted as saying.


He said she could not keep privately appointed lawyers because she did not have any money.

Maqubela - who was found guilty of killing her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela - is due back in court on 4 August for sentencing where she will have to convince the court not to jail her for life.

Earlier this month, the Western Cape High Court granted a restraint order preventing Maqubela from inheriting her husband's R7.2m estate until the finality of the criminal case.

Maqubela was found guilty of her husband's murder, despite not having conclusive medical evidence pinpointing a cause.

The court said death from natural causes or suicide was excluded primarily because of Maqubela's conduct, a plethora of lies and her persistence in "irrational subterfuge", which was wholly incompatible with an innocent person.

His body was found in his Cape Town apartment on 5 June 2009.

She was also found guilty of forging her husband's will.

Comments
  • Du Toit Grobler - 2014-07-27 13:21

    Foeitog!

  • Michael de Villiers - 2014-07-27 13:32

    Don't have money? Then use a public defendant. Pulling a stunt like this will not impress or garner sympathy from a judge.

  • Winifred Watson - 2014-07-27 13:51

    Honestly who cares.......she should be rotting in jail.

  • mmmmTim - 2014-07-27 14:43

    So much for the ex-lawyer family friend helping her for free. Nice friend!

  • Muzi Sibiya - 2014-07-27 15:49

    Maqubela was found guilty of her husband's murder, despite not having conclusive medical evidence pinpointing a cause. So the fact that the person who died was the acting judge makes it possible for suspects to be convicted without all prove? Mmmmmmmm how interesting!!!!!!!!!

      Duma Buntu Maqubela - 2014-07-28 09:08

      If you read the judge's 220 page verdict, you'll only then be able to make a comment that is more sensible, your statement above just provides proof of your own ignorance.

  • Rofhiwa Ronald - 2014-07-27 16:55

    This woman's case is going to b a lesson even to other woman's whor still planning on killing their husbands

  • themba.nsele.71 - 2014-07-27 21:38

    She needs no money, all she needs is the jail term.

  • Andre Nunes979 - 2014-07-27 22:42

    Sure somebody can pull money from a fraudulent tender and help her out.

  • kpacesa - 2014-07-27 22:43

    Who cares ..

  • Ria Cook - 2014-07-28 10:39

    "is due back in court on 4 August for sentencing where she will have to convince the court not to jail her for life" - say you're a loyal ANC supporter. I'm sure that will help.

  • jeremy.howell.52687 - 2014-07-28 12:14

    I hope the inheritance ofR7.2m goes to charity!!!!!

  • Annalene Nel - 2014-07-28 13:57

    he he....

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