Plea for speedy settlement of Maqubela case
"There have been many delays in this case"
THE lawyer representing murder accused Thandi Maqubela yesterday called for a speedy resolution of the case after proceedings were adjourned until tomorrow.
Marius Broeksma complained after prosecutor Bonnie Curry-Gamwo asked for the postponement in the Western Cape High Court.
Maqubela and Vela Mabena are accused of murdering her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela.
"There have been many delays in this case. My client is very concerned about them. We would like the case to be resolved speedily," Broeksma said.
Earlier, Curry-Gamwo said the prosecution was preparing to call another witness, Johannesburg physician Dr Sydney Brett, to give evidence via video link.
"We have secured a new venue in the CBD. We are also trying to make payment for the video link. However, if we have not finalised these arrangements by Thursday, pathologist Dr Sipho Mfolozi will testify then," Curry-Gamwo said.
Last week there was a trial-within-a-trial to determine the admissibility of Maqubela's statement made to police after the acting judge's body was found.
Judge John Murphy ruled that it could be admitted as evidence.
The acting judge's body was found in the bedroom of his Bantry Bay apartment in June 2009.
Maqubela also faces charges of fraud and forgery for allegedly altering her late husband's will.