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Thandi Maqubela's 3-year appeal fight

In March 2015, she was sentenced to an effective 18 years behind bars by the Western Cape High Court for murdering her husband and forging his will.

FILE: Thandi Maqubela. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Thandi Maqubela's three-year fight to overturn her murder conviction came to an end on Friday with the Supreme Court of Appeal acquitting her.

Her forgery and fraud convictions stand.

In March 2015, she was sentenced to an effective 18 years behind bars by the Western Cape High Court for murdering her husband, forging his will and then fraudulently trying to pass it off as an authentic document.

Her late spouse, acting judge Patrick Maqubela, was found dead at a Bantry Bay apartment in 2009.

Although prosecutors believed he was suffocated, it was never conclusively proven.

Maqubela is serving her prison term in Worcester.

Her lawyer, Stephen Lamprecht says his office contacted her on Friday morning to tell her about the SCA's decision.

“We had to take instructions regarding another element of the judgment. We will do that in due course. I don’t want to pre-empt any of that.”

Maqubela has always denied that she killed her husband. Her defence was, in effect, that he must have died of natural causes.

In the judgment, the appeal court said the Western Cape High Court incorrectly relied on evidence of Maqubela's shifty conduct, without further evidence to prove she was guilty of murder.