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Maqubela referred for evaluation

She appeared confused and out of touch with reality during her brief court appearance today.

Thandi Maqubela appears in court on 3 September 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela has been referred to a doctor after appearing confused and out of touch with reality during her brief court appearance today.

Maqubela was found guilty last year of killing her husband acting Judge Patrick Maqubela in 2009.

She was dumped by her legal team last month because she didn't have enough money to pay them.

Maqubela appeared in the Western Cape High court this morning before proceedings were postponed so that she can be assessed.

The National Prosecuting Authority asked Maqubela to appear as they want to know whether she has decided to represent herself or apply for legal aid.

She was uncharacteristically dressed down for her court appearance, which was perhaps the first indication that Maqubela wasn't herself.

Wearing black sneakers and a velvet tracksuit, Maqubela hung her head in court.

When she reluctantly addressed the court, her incoherent ramblings about her dead husband prompted Judge John Murphy to postpone proceedings.

Murphy wants her to see a doctor before he decides on a way forward.

During Maqubela's previous appearance in the dock last month, she wanted the court to know she had been wronged by her lawyers.

She claimed she was prejudiced by a private law firm that requested R1 million towards her legal fees.

But in the end, Murphy gave her two options, either she could represent herself or apply for legal aid.

Maqubela is also facing having her assets confiscated after prosecutors launched an application with the aim of taking back her share of her murdered husband's estate.

The matter will resume later this afternoon.