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D-day for ‘Black Widow’

Thandi Maqubela will today be sentenced for killing her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela in 2009.

FILE: Thandi Maqubela. Picture: Thandi Maqubela

CAPE TOWN - It's D-day for convicted killer Thandi Maqubela who is also known as the 'Black Widow'.

Maqubela will be sentenced in the Western Cape High Court today for killing her husband and forging his will.

In 2013, she was convicted of killing acting judge Patrick Maqubela in 2009.

Their marriage was rocked by his infidelity.

She was also found guilty of forging his will and fraudulently presenting it to the Johannesburg office of the Master of the High Court.

The 60-year-old has spent the last 16 months behind bars.

But if the state was able to convince Judge John Murphy that a long custodial sentence is the most appropriate punishment, she could be spending a lot more time in prison.

Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gumwo had asked the court for a jail term exceeding the prescribed minimum of 15 years for murder.

The fraud and forgery convictions also carry minimum sentences of 15 years each.

On the other hand, Maqubela's lawyer Thomas Tyler asked the court to consider mitigating factors like her husband's cheating, as well as the humiliation she suffered as a result and the public shame of her arrest and trial.