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'Maqubela tried to defraud her husband’s children out of their inheritance'

Thandi Maqubela allegedly forged her husband’s will, trying to defraud his children out of their inheritance.

FILE: Thandi Maqubela takes her seat in the dock. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High court on Monday heard that convicted killer, Thandi Maqubela, tried to defraud her late husband's children out of their inheritance.

The state called into question a social worker's assessment that Maqubela was a devoted mother who put her children's needs first.

Maqubela was found guilty in 2013 of murdering her acting judge husband, Patrick Maqubela in 2009.

She also forged his signature and fraudulently presented his will to the Johannesburg office of the Master of the High court.

Their marriage was rocked by his infidelity.

Social worker Arina Smit was in the hot seat on Monday.

Last week, Smit told the court that Maqubela was not a danger to society and should be given a chance to remain a productive member of society.

Smit's report also found that she was a devoted mother.

But Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gamwo called her assessment into question, when she pointed out that Maqubela tried to defraud her late husband's children out of their inheritance by forging her husband's will.

Currie-Gamwo went on to say that Maqubela showed viciousness and a lack of empathy when she killed her husband, and tried to cover her tracks.

She rejected Smit's assertion that Maqubela was not a danger to society.

SOCIAL WORKER CALLS FOR SUSPENDED SENTENCE

At the same time Smit's report recommending the convicted killer be given a chance to remain a productive member of society came under scrutiny in the Western Cape High court on Monday.

In the 50 page report the social worker recommended that Maqubela be given a suspended sentence or periodic imprisonment.

Currie-Gumwo asked Smit to explain why she deviated from the prescribed minimum sentence for murder of 15 years behind bars.

Smit said one of the reasons was that Maqubela had an out of character emotional explosion, which led to the killing of her husband in 2009.

The social worker explained that Maqubela was experiencing internal strife because of her need to have a perfect marriage based on religious ideals and like a "shaken cold drink bottle" she exploded.

Smit added that she had endured emotional and psychological abuse as a result of her husband's infidelity.

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