Stop wasting time, judge warns Maqubela

2011-09-23 14:44

Cape Town - The widow of slain judge Patrick Maqubela was in two minds on Friday over the mandate of her newly-appointed Legal Aid defence counsel.

She initially decided to end his mandate, but later opted to retain his services.

This emerged at a pre-trial conference before Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, who warned Thandi Maqubela to stop wasting the court's time.

Hlophe said her trial was due to begin on October 4, and would proceed whether she had legal representation or not.

Maqubela is charged with the murder of her husband.

The judge reminded her that Johannesburg Judge John Murphy had been seconded to preside in the trial in Cape Town, and that Murphy would not allow any delays.

After proceedings were adjourned briefly three times on Friday morning to allow lawyer Marius Broeksma to consult with her urgently, Maqubela changed her mind yet again and agreed to retain Broeksma.

The matter was postponed to October 3 for a final pre-trial conference.

  • Bardy - 2011-09-23 14:49

    Justice takes so long in this country! When are things ever going to change?

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 15:06

      But this woman's attempts at delay are extreme and ridiculous.

      Komasa - 2011-09-23 16:24

      @Startibarfart your racial adjectives are a reflection of breeding.

  • Barry - 2011-09-23 15:02

    The wheels of justice grind slowly......but grind they will. She WILL have Her day in court.

  • abg100 - 2011-09-23 15:19

    Just a waste of court time,tax payers money and oxygen! Hang the b*#ch already!

      happyskippy - 2011-09-23 15:29

      If only we had the death penalty. I'd love to start a facebook group to bring back the death penalty....

  • facts please - 2011-09-23 15:39

    How come she has a legal aid counsel? Surely she can afford to pay for her counsel? Or have all the other counsel in Cape Town suddenly found that their diaries are full and that they will not be in town??? I wonder.

      Tolerant - 2011-09-23 15:55

      As far as I remember she could not pay her last lawyer, when you are charged for killing your husband you can not get hold of his money.

      Humpme Dumpm - 2011-09-23 19:24

      @Tolerant.....should she buy her Jimmy Choo shoes to wear to the trial, or should she pay the the Jimmy Choo's....she'll get the state to pay for her and me....

  • Deeteem - 2011-09-23 15:43

    Send the obviously guilty itch with a b straight to Polsmoor !!

  • ANC Comrade - 2011-09-23 16:29

    Delay tactics 101 first seen with PW Botha's trial in 1998

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