'Thandi Maqubela must sit in prison for 20 years'

Patrick Maqubela's son Duma, says his stepmother must be sentenced and serve time in prison.

FILE: Duma Maqubela on Thursday said it's laughable for anyone to suggest that his stepmother, Thandi Maqubela's public humiliation is sufficient punishment for killing his father. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Duma Maqubela on Thursday said it's laughable for anyone to suggest that his stepmother, Thandi Maqubela's public humiliation is sufficient punishment for killing his father.

His father, acting judge Patrick Maqubela, was murdered in 2009 by his wife who was convicted of the crime in 2013.

This week, a social worker testifying in her defence said she had suffered public humiliation by being labelled a "Black widow".

Sentencing proceedings resumed in the Western Cape High Court this week and will continue on Monday.

Duma says she should spend the next 20 years behind bars.

"The reality is that we lost a parent, our family lost a brother. The law should be executed on her as it would the next person that doesn't have the high power attorneys that she has."

Duma on Thursday said his stepmother had lodged an objection that would delay the distribution of his late father's estate.

He said she was disputing that one of the beneficiaries, his half-sister, is a rightful heir.

"The accused is claiming that Patiwe [Singapi] is not the biological daughter of my father."

He told the court that Thandi sowed divisions in the family, and was cold towards him.