Maqubela trial is delayed
THE trial of Thandi Maqubela, accused of murdering her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela, has been postponed to next Monday after her lawyer fell ill with flu.
Maqubela and her co-accused Veli Mabena appeared briefly in the Western Cape High Court yesterday after almost an eight-month break.
Acting judge Maqubela was found dead in his apartment at Bantry Bay in Cape Town.
Both the accused have pleaded not guilty.
Maqubela has also been charged with forging her husband's signature on a will that names her the main beneficiary of his estate.
Yesterday she was accompanied by her two daughters and looked relaxed.
Randall Titus, the lawyer representing Mabena, told the court that Marius Broeksma, Maqubela's lawyer, was absent due to ill-health.
"I would like the case to be postponed for a few days because Broeksma has flu," he said.
Judge John Murphy warned photographers that the court had previously issued an order refraining them from taking pictures while the court was insession.
"It is important that you (photographers) adhere to the court order. You must not violate the rights of (Thandi) Maqubela while the court is in session."
Murphy also called on Maqubela to inform the investigating officer if she wanted to leave or visit her family in Johannesburg.
On November 23 last year, Broeksma applied to have her stringent bail conditions relaxed so she could go to Johannesburg, where her family lives.
In the last court appearance on December 5, Murphy issued a ruling preventing the media from publishing details of Maqubela's and Mabena's new bail conditions. He did not give reasons for his decision.
Murphy postponed the case to Monday. Bonnie Currie-Gamwo is the state prosecutor.