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Thandi Maqubela turns to SCA to challenge murder conviction

She was sentenced to 18 years behind bars by the Western Cape High Court for the murder of her spouse.

FILE: Convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Husband killer Thandi Maqubela is turning to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Tuesday to challenge her murder conviction.

She was sentenced to 18 years behind bars by the Western Cape High Court for the murder of her spouse acting Judge Patrick Maqubela.

He was found dead inside a Bantry Bay apartment in 2009.

Maqubela's lawyers will appear in the SCA in Bloemfontein, where they will try to convince judges that she was wrongly convicted.

Prosecutors were unable to conclusively determine her husband's cause of death.

Although the State could not prove that Patrick Maqubela was suffocated, it argued that there was enough evidence to show that his wife killed him.

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

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)