Maqubela judgment to continue

Thandi Maqubela is charged with murdering her husband acting Judge Patrick Maqubela.

Thandi Maqubela and her co-accused Vela Mabena in court on 4 November 2013. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The verdict being handed down in the murder trial of acting Judge Patrick Maqubela will continue in the Western Cape High Court today in a judgment that will take a few days to read out.

Maqubela was found dead in his Bantry Bay apartment in 2009.

The prosecution alleges he was suffocated with cling wrap.

His wife Thandi and her business associate Vela Mabena have been charged with his murder.

But Thandi is also facing two other charges of forgery and fraud.

The judgement is 220 pages long.

FINANCIAL MOTIVE

On Monday, Judge John Murphy said a financial motive could possibly be linked to Maqubela's premature death.

Murphy said the prosecution believes the acting judge's wife had a sinister motive when she obtained information about a life insurance policy.

He said there is merit in that submission because Maqubela's death put Thandi in a position to inherit millions.

Murphy said the judge took out a policy a few weeks before his death, which would pay out R20 million.

THANDI WANTS CASE REOPENED

Thandi's lawyer on Monday asked for the case to be reopened.

He wants to lead new evidence relating to the forgery and fraud charges.

He says several witnesses are willing to testify, but the state said this application should have been made a long time ago and it was now too late to do so.

Judge Murphy has adjourned the matter to consider the application.