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Maqubela lawyers to push for parole after murder appeal victory

In 2015, the High Court sentenced Maqubela to an effective 18 years behind bars for killing her husband, forging his will and then fraudulently trying to pass it off as an authentic document.

FILE: Thandi Maqubela. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Thandi Maqubela's legal team is getting the ball rolling to secure her release from prison after her murder conviction was overturned last week.

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

But on Friday, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled she was not guilty of murdering acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, who was found dead inside a Bantry Bay apartment in 2009.

The forgery and fraud convictions stand.

Maqubela's lawyer Jolinda Slager says a parole process is likely to get underway.

“We will try to speed up the process as much as she can so that she can start the parole proceedings.”

Maqubela is also laying claim to a chunk of her late husband's estate.

Slager will be notifying the Master of the High Court about the Supreme Court of Appeal's decision.

“She can now inherit because she does not have bloody hands, she’s innocent. So she can inherit as a normal spouse.”

Although prosecutors believe Patrick Maqubela died of suffocation, the state could not conclusively prove the cause of death during the murder trial.