THE arrested wife of the murdered acting Cape Town Judge Patrick Maqubela approached Sowetan three weeks before his death to hang his dirty linen in the public.
Thandi Maqubela wanted this newspaper to expose her husband's infidelity.
She accused him of bonking a galaxy of women, young enough to be his granddaughters. She supplied us with names and addresses of the young ladies.
She further furnished documents that included SMSes and cellphone records of conversations between her, the judge and his lovers as well as hotels slips where he allegedly had sex with them.
Maqubela's wife had also confronted some of the women and obtained affidavits from them pointing to wild love affairs between them and her husband.
She provided Sowetan with copies of the affidavits.
Sowetan also visited about five of the young women who were alleged to have made confessions. Some of them openly admitted to the relationships with the judge.
One of them broke down and cried when she was asked about her affair with the judge.
"I apologise," she said.
At one stage the judge was a cellmate of former president Nelson Mandela in Pollsmoor Prison and was one of the key witnesses during the Hefer Commission that probed allegations that former national prosecutions boss Bulelani Ngcuka was an apartheid spy.
Maqubela's wife told Sowetan at the time that her husband booked women into hotels situated less than a kilometre away from his plush Sandton home.
She said he was also a great patron of strip joints around Sandton. She supplied hotel receipts to back up her story.
She also displayed sex boosters and condoms that she said she suspected her husband used during "his sex romps".
She said she would find them in his bags and clothing pockets when he was not watching.
She showed a bill indicating that on April 2 her husband had visited The Grand - a upmarket strip club in Rivonia. At 12.30am, the joint debited R1650 from his account.
Affidavits she supplied to Sowetan contained confessions from young women claiming that Maqubela lured them with cash while his wife and three children waited for him back home.
One girlfriend whomSowetan visited at the time said she met the judge when he came to a store that she worked for to buy stationery.
"He told me that should I need anything I should not hesitate to ask him," said Tumi Masilo who works for Waltons in Randburg.
"He gave me R200 and bought me lunch at Hyde Park Mall."
Masilo also confessed to writing a letter of apology to Maqubela's wife after the confrontation.
Sowetan also confronted the judge with the allegations and he reacted angrily to the accusations by his wife.
"You are in cahoots with my wife. Tell her that if you go on with the story, which I do not bloody care, you can publish 100 times; tell her she will regret it . You are not listening you bloody fool, publish at your own risk," Maqubela said.
When Sowetan made a follow-up on Sunday, Maqubela said he was too busy to read our "rubbish" questions.
"I will only look at your questions tomorrow (Monday) . No bunch of nobodies is going to push me to stoop to your level.
"If you are not willing to wait then it means you and your bosses are a bunch of rubbish. Your head needs attention. You cannot force me to respond to your rubbish. I say I will read it tomorrow.
"Nobody bullies me, not you or your bosses," said Maqubela.