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The 'Black Widow' will know her fate on Tuesday

The prosecutor painted a picture of a deceitful, greedy woman as she tore into Maqubela’s character.

FILE: Convicted killer Thandi Maqubela. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court on Thursday heard Thandi Maqubela set out to destroy her husband's career by exposing his infidelities, showed a callous lack of empathy and was motivated by anger and greed when she killed him and forged his will.

During closing arguments in sentencing proceedings, the state asked the court to hand down a long custodial sentence.

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

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

Each of the charges Maqubela was convicted of carry a minimum sentence of 15 years.

Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gamwo said Maqubela's conduct before and after her husband's murder justify a sentence in excess of the prescribed 15 years behind bars.

Currie-Gamwo painted a picture of a deceitful, greedy woman as she tore into Maqubela's character.

She said Maqubela destroyed her husband's reputation, stayed with his decomposing body hours after the murder, and callously used her own children, friends and his colleagues in her web of lies to avoid being caught out.

The prosecutor went on to say Maqubela's husband was a struggle hero, who had worked tirelessly underground as an Umkonto we Sizwe operative to free the country from the grips of apartheid.

The defence however asked the court to consider a number of mitigating factors including that she was humiliated by her husband's infidelities, and that the murder was committed during an "explosive crisis" in their relationship.

Judge John Murphy will sentence Maqubela on Tuesday.

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