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Friday, April 26, 2013

Thandi Maqubela Cross-Examined During Her Murder Trial


On April 18th, the cross-examination of Thandi Maqubela ended in the Western Cape Town High Court in South Africa.

Thandi Maqubela has pleaded not guilty to the alleged murder of her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela.  She and business associate Vela Mabena allegedly suffocated the judge with plastic cling-wrap in June 2009.

Thandi is also charged with fraud for allegedly forging her husband’s signature on a will naming her the main beneficiary.  She told the court she found the will in a carton months after her husband’s death, but the prosecutor claims the judge died intestate.  The estate is worth around 20 million South African Rands.

See Maqubela’s Cross-examination Ends, Times Live, Apr. 18, 2013.


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