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Maqubela to know by Friday if she'll be granted bail

Maqubela also petitioned the SCA for leave to appeal her sentence for forgery and fraud.

FILE: Convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela in the High Court dock before her sentencing was carried out. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Thandi Maqubela will find out on Friday whether she will be granted bail, pending an appeal against her murder conviction.

She has also petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) for leave to appeal her three year sentence for forgery and fraud.

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

She is serving an 18-year prison sentence.

It emerged yesterday during Maqubela's bail application in the Western Cape High Court, that she wants to appeal her sentence for forgery and fraud.

Both convictions relate to her late husband's will.

Maqubela's counsel Thomas Tyler, told Judge Andre Le Grange that if the SCA sets aside his client's murder conviction, the court will be asked to reconsider the three year sentence on the forgery and fraud convictions.

Tyler argued that there's a real possibility that by the time her appeal is heard sometime next year, she would have served a period of imprisonment which could have been averted.

He said she's not able to apply for parole or have her three year sentence converted to correctional supervision, while her murder conviction still stands.

The State has opposed bail.

Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gumwo argued that Maqubela's prospects of success on appeal are limited and cannot be the basis for her release.