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IN JUNE last year security personnel at a Cape Town's President flat complex found high-profile acting judge Patrick Maqubela dead in his unit.
Early yesterday, nine months later, police arrested his glamorous wife at their luxury house in Sandton, Johannesburg.
"She is being held on charges of murder," Western Cape police spokesperson Superintendent André Traut said yesterday.
Thandi Ndlebe-Maqubela, 55, is scheduled to appear in the Cape Town magistrate's court on Monday.
A family member, who preferred to remain anonymous, said: "The police kept us posted. They even phoned us just before arresting her (Thandi). This is the day we have all been waiting for since his murder."
Traut said: "During the early hours of this morning (yesterday) a 55-year-old woman was arrested at her Sandton residence in connection with the death of Maqubela.
"The suspect is being detained on a charge of murder."
"The circumstance that led to the arrest of the suspect is part of a lengthy police investigation and cannot be released at this stage."
Maqubela's body was found by a security guard in his unit at Bantry Bay in Sea Point in June last year.
At the time the police said it was not clear how he had died, but that a pillow had been placed over his face and he was bleeding.
A pathologist who examined the body on the scene suggested that he had died of a heart attack two days earlier.
"But the inquest investigation was changed to a murder investigation when a the postmortem could not determine the cause of his death," Traut said.
In the days leading up to Maqubela's murder Thandi - a former nurse - had invited Sowetan to their plush Sandton house where she told us about a string of Maqubela's young concubines and put pressure on us into publish the sordid affairs, which the newspaper declined to do.