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Social worker grilled during Maqubela sentencing

State prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gumwo will continue grilling social worker Arina Smit today.

FILE: Thandi Maqubela in the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The State has challenged a social worker's findings that Thandi Maqubela is a religious woman, a devoted mother and not a danger to society during cross-examination in the Western Cape High Court.

Maqubela was convicted in 2013 of murdering her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela in 2009.

She was also found guilty of forging her husband's will.

Their marriage was rocked by his infidelity.

Sentencing proceedings will continue today when Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gumwo will continue grilling social worker Arina Smit .

Smit who was called as a defence witness to testify in mitigation of sentence last week, presented a report that recommended a suspended sentence or periodical imprisonment.

Smit was asked yesterday how she could describe Maqubela as a devout, religious woman when the court had found she had been deceptive on many occasions.

Currie-Gumwo says Maqubela had shown viciousness and lack of empathy by killing her husband and trying to cover her tracks.

The prosecutor added that Maqubela tried to defraud her husband's heirs out of their inheritance.