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Maqubela’s medical report expected in court

She was told to see the district surgeon today after she appeared confused and spoke incoherently in court.

Thandi Maqubela. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A medical report on Thandi Maqubela's health will be handed over to the Western Cape High Court tomorrow.

Maqubela murdered her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, in 2009.

She was told to see the district surgeon today after she appeared confused and spoke incoherently during her brief appearance in court this morning.

Maqubela was asked to appear in court today to confirm whether or not she intends representing herself during sentencing proceedings later this month.

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

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

Maqubela kept referring to her husband as if he were still alive.

The judge recommended she be assessed by a doctor before he decides on a way forward.

When the case resumed this afternoon, Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gamwo informed him that the report will only be available tomorrow.

The case has been postponed until then.

During Maqubela's previous court appearance 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.