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Maqubela abandoned by lawyers

Thandi Maqubela had the choice of either representing herself or applying for legal aid.

FILE: Convicted killer Thandi Maqubela chats to her legal team on 17 February 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Convicted killer Thandi Maqubela's lawyers have abandoned her case, leaving her without legal representation.

Maqubela was found guilty last year of killing her husband acting judge Patrick Maqubela.

Maqubela had the choice of either representing herself or applying for legal aid but she wouldn't be pushed to make a decision.

Instead, she wanted to expose what she called the incompetence of her previous lawyers, both private and state-funded.

She told the court today that a private firm asked her for R1 million in legal fees in June, an amount she claimed greatly prejudiced her because she thought she had already provided sufficient funds.

Maqubela then tried to convince Judge John Murphy that she should be granted bail so that she can represent herself ahead of sentencing, but the judge wasn't prepared to hear a bail application today.

He postponed the matter until 29 September so that she can decide what to do.