Maqubela collapses in court

The widow accused of her husband’s murder collapsed twice in court.

Thandi Maqubela faints while talking to her lawyer during the murder trial of her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Murder-accused Thandi Maqubela collapsed twice in the Western Cape High Court this morning on day three of judgment in her trial.

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

The former judge was found dead in his Bantry Bay apartment in in 2009.

Wearing large sunglasses and a light brown headscarf the widowed Maqubela stepped out of the dock, where she'd been sitting, to go and talk to her lawyer before proceedings got underway.

A few moments later she collapsed.

Thandi Maqubela collapses while talking to her lawyer. Picture: EWN.

The court orderly then helped her to her feet, but Maqubela appeared disoriented and weak.

When Judge John Murphy began proceedings Maqubela, who was sitting in the dock, collapsed for a second time and the matter had to be adjourned.

Members of the public gallery on their feet to see what's going on as Thandi Maqubela collapses again. Picture: EWN.

Judge Murphy has spent the last two days recounting evidence.

On Monday he said the judgement would take up to three days. The document is 220 pages long.