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Maqubela's lawyers withdraw from the case

The NPA says the lawyers of convicted killer Thandi Maqubela are withdrawing from the case.

FILE: The NPA says the lawyers of convicted killer Thandi Maqubela are withdrawing from the case. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority says convicted killer Thandi Maqubela's lawyers are withdrawing from the case.

Maqubela who was found guilty last year of killing her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, is expected back in the Western Cape High court today.

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

Medical evidence could not conclusively determine the cause of death.

Before Judge John Murphy can sentence Thandi Maqubela, the prosecution and defence will have an opportunity to argue why she should get a lesser or heavier sentence.

But now that Maqubela's lawyers are withdrawing, there is likely to be a delay.

In an unexpected development in February, it emerged Maqubela had dumped her legal aid lawyers and hired a new defence team.

At the time, her lawyers said she had enough money to pay them.

It's unclear why they've decided to withdraw.

Recent reports suggest the widow has run out of funds.