Widow told Radebe about judge's affairs

2011-11-02 14:12

Cape Town - The widow of a murdered acting judge complained to Justice Minister Jeff Radebe about her husband's love affairs, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday.

Radebe was the first witness to be called by the State in the trial of Thandi Maqubela for the murder of her husband, acting judge, Patrick Maqubela.

Radebe said the widow requested a meeting with him that lasted at least four hours.

He said the meeting even caused him to miss a session of Parliament in Cape Town.

Maqubela had wanted Radebe as the minister of justice to be aware of "the sort of man" that the acting judge was, Radebe told the court.

Radebe said Maqubela was in a pleasant mood at the start of the meeting but became increasingly angry and agitated as it progressed.

Maqubela's co-accused is Vela Mabena.

The judge was killed in June 2009.

The trial continues.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-02 14:23

    No wonder the country is in the state that is. An MP misses a parliamentary session to listen to the woes of an adulterer's wife. What immediate impact would this adultery have on the running of the country. Man you guys must learn to prioritise.

  • Erich - 2011-11-02 14:40

    The Minister conferred with the deceased judge's wife for at leat 4 hours shortly after he met her for the first time and this caused him to miss a session of parliament. This shows at least two things. Radebe is a self-appointed marriage councillor and that he regarded this 'session' as more important than his duties as Minister. I hope that cross-examination will reveal why he acted so strange. I agree with Silvana that this kind of behaviour can't be good for the running of a country.

  • Atholl - 2011-11-02 15:12

    All judges hav affairs. ... that's why it's called 'affair trial' ..... even my aunty Judy, a TV Judge, has "affair trial" ... All judges swear an oath to have 'affair trial' .. bloody journalists R bloody 'unfair bloody agents'

  • Shanna - 2011-11-02 15:28

    Imagine if all of us man/women were to kill our spouses for adultery??????? But before that we keep an MP from his duties ?? sick sick sick

  • Lizelle - 2011-11-02 17:53

    @ovaprivileged get a life

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