Maqubela booked off sick

Murder accused Thandi Maqubela collapsed twice in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

Thandi Maqubela looks weak and dizzy sitting on a bench, head down, breathing heavily during the murder trial of her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Murder accused Thandi Maqubela has been booked off sick until Thursday.

This resulted in her murder trial judgment being postponed.

She and her business associate Vela Mabena are charged with the murder of her husband Patrick Maqubela.

The acting judge was found dead in an apartment in Bantry Bay in 2009.

His widow went to see a doctor after she surprised everyone by collapsing twice in court on Wednesday morning.

According to a sick note handed to the judge this afternoon, she is suffering from vertigo possibly caused by a middle ear infection.

Judgment will now resume on Thursday.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Eric Ntabazalila is hoping there won't be any more delays going forward.

"It's one of those issues that are beyond our control. We were ready to continue with the judgment."

Judge John Murphy began reading out his judgment on Monday.

He said it would take up to three days to finish.

Maqubela is also facing charges of forgery and fraud for allegedly forging her husband's will.