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Thandi Maqubela to apply for bail today

Thandi Maqubela's lawyers will attempt to convince the judge that she should be granted bail.

Convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela is handcuffed after sentencing and momentarily stops to mouth a few words to her family in the gallery in the High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Thandi Maqubela will apply for bail in the Western Cape High Court today after she was given the green light to appeal her murder conviction.

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

In March, she was sentenced to an effective 18 years behind bars for murder, forgery and fraud.

Maqubela will be hoping to spend Christmas at home.

Her lawyers will attempt to convince Judge Andre Le Grange she should be granted bail pending an appeal against her conviction.

Maqubela's decomposing body was found in his Bantry Bay apartment in June 2009.

When her appeal is heard, the court will be asked to decide whether Maqubela's murder conviction should stand, in the absence of conclusive medical evidence to determine what caused her husband's death.

The prosecution has argued even through suffocation was not proved, it did not fundamentally weaken the state's case.