Maqubela trial resumes after 8 months

Thandi Maqubela and Vela Mabena are back in court for the murder of acting judge Patrick Maqubela.

The trial of Thandi Maqubela and her co-accused Vela Mabena has resumed in the Western Cape High Court on Monday after being postponed for the past eight months.

CAPE TOWN - The trial of Thandi Maqubela and her co-accused Vela Mabena has resumed in the Western Cape High Court on Monday after postponements went on for eight months.

Maqubela and Mabena are accused of murdering acting judge Patrick Maqubela on 5 June 2009.

Patrick Maqubela was found suffocated in his luxury Bantry Bay flat.

Both Mabena and Maqubela's widow have pleaded not guilty to the murder.

Thandi Maqubela has also denied guilt on charges of forgery and fraud.

The state believes she forged her late husband's will and fraudulently lodged it with the Gauteng office of the master of the high court.

On Monday, the state called a Vodacom employee to testify.

Petra Heyneke detailed calls and sms's made between the deceased and his widow in May 2009.

She has also revealed calls made between Thandi Maqubela and her co-accused Vela Mabena.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Eric Ntabazalila said: "The cell phone records indicate Mrs Maqubela phoning the judge's phone, even though the judge was already dead.

"Which shows that she was moving around with the judge's phone."