'Maqubela's mental health not convincing'

A health official is not convinced convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela is psychotic.

FILE: A health official is not convinced convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela is psychotic. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A health official is not convinced convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela is psychotic. Maqubela's mental state was this week evaluated after she appeared confused and disorientated during her court appearance on Wednesday.

She's awaiting sentencing for killing her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, in 2009.

During court proceedings on Wednesday, Maqubela seemed dishevelled and confused while referring to her slain husband as though he were still alive.

She was evaluated by a district surgeon on Wednesday and the findings were shared in court on Thursday.

The doctor recommended she be sent for observation at a psychiatric institution as she's not fully convinced at this stage that Maqubela is psychotic.

The doctor's report also stated it wasn't easy to conduct the interview as Maqubela refused to answer questions about her medical history and avoided eye contact.

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.

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

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