Judge's widow wants fraud, forgery sentence overturned

2015-12-08 14:08
Thandi Maqubela (File: Michael Hammond)

Thandi Maqubela (File: Michael Hammond)

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Cape Town – Should the Supreme Court of Appeal set aside Thandi Maqubela’s conviction for killing her acting judge husband, she wants it to also reconsider her sentence for fraud and forgery.

This emerged as she was applying for bail in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, pending a hearing at the SCA.

In August, the high court granted her leave to appeal her murder conviction, but not her other convictions, nor her jail term.  

Her lawyer Thomas Tyler said on Tuesday they launched a second petition last month for leave to appeal the three-year jail term given for forging her husband’s will and committing fraud by causing potential prejudice to his estate.

Maqubela looked serene wearing a blood-red head wrap, sunglasses and black suit in the dock. This was despite her lengthy trip from a Worcester prison in rush-hour traffic.

She was found guilty in 2013 of the murder of her husband, Western Cape High Court acting Judge Patrick Maqubela.

He was found dead on his bed in his Sea Point flat on June 5, 2009, apparently a day after saying he wanted a divorce.

She was sentenced to an effective 18 years in jail in March. During her sentencing at the time, the court said Maqubela had lacked empathy and had shown no remorse for her actions.

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