Thandi Maqubela to return to court after mental observation

Maqubela was found guilty of killing her husband Acting Judge Patrick Maqubela in 2009.

FILE: Thandi Maqubela looks weak and dizzy sitting on a bench, head down, breathing heavily during the murder trial of her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Convicted killer Thandi Maqubela is expected back in the Western Cape High Court in March after she was sent for mental observation earlier this year.

Judge John Murphy says a panel of experts had prepared a report on Maqubela's mental health.

She was referred for mental observation in September, after appearing confused and out of character during one of her court appearances.

Maqubela was found guilty of killing her husband Acting Judge Patrick Maqubela in 2009.

His body was discovered in a Bantry Bay apartment in the Mother City.

Maqubela seemed dishevelled and confused and referred to her slain husband as though he were alive during a court appearance.

The panel's findings were not made public during Monday's proceedings which resumed without Maqubela present because she wasn't feeling well.

Maqubela was found guilty last November but she is yet to be sentenced.