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Maqubela granted leave to appeal murder conviction

Thandi Maqubela is serving an 18 year sentence after she was found guilty of killing her husband in 2013.

FILE: Convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela is handcuffed after sentencing in the High Court before she is led to the holding cells. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has granted Thandi Maqubela leave to appeal her murder conviction.

The woman dubbed the 'black widow' was found guilty of killing her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela in 2013, although there was no conclusive medical evidence to pinpoint the cause of death.

She was also found guilty of forging his will and fraudulently presenting the document to the master of the High Court.

Maqubela is currently serving an effective 18 year prison sentence for murder, forgery and fraud.

On Friday, Judge John Murphy gave her permission to appeal her murder conviction.

Her attorney, Jolinda Slager said, "We are agreed leave to appeal on the murder charge, but not on the fraud and forgery nor the sentence."

Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gumwo says the the state was unable to prove the cause of death.

"So perhaps it is a good thing that we go to the SCA and get clarity on whether you can prove murder without a cause of death", said Currie-Gumwo.

Maqubela's husband, Patrick was found dead in his Bantry Bay apartment in 2009.