Thandi Maqubela denied bail in WC High Court

She is appealing the 2013 conviction for the murder of her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela.

FILE: Thandi Maqubela in the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has denied bail to convicted killer Thandi Maqubela pending the outcome of her case at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

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

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

Judge Andre le Grange has refused Maqubela's bail application.

When handing down judgment today, le Grange said on consideration of all the facts before him, he is not convinced that Maqubela has shown that it will be in the interest of justice to allow her to be released on bail.

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Maqubela was granted leave to appeal her murder conviction.

She then petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to appeal against her three-year prison sentence for forgery and fraud.

Both convictions relate to her late husband's will.

The judge said Maqubela's argument that a real possibility exists that by the time her appeal will be heard, she would have served a period of imprisonment which may have been averted, is premised on the anticipation that her petition to the Supreme Court of Appeal will succeed.