Maqubela es­tate or­der ex­tended

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A COURT or­der that has in ef­fect frozen con­victed mur­derer Thandi Maqubela’s mul­ti­mil­lion-rand share of her slain hus­band’s es­tate has been ex­tended by seven months.

The provisional re­straint or­der was ob­tained by the As­set For­fei­ture Unit (AFU) in the Western Cape High Court in July.

A lawyer for the AFU, Muhammed Kagee, yes­ter­day asked the court for the in­terim or­der to be ex­tended to next year, say­ing Maqubela had been re­ferred for psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion.

Maqubela was re­ferred for ob­ser­va­tion by a panel of ex­perts in Septem­ber.

Her sen­tenc­ing pro­ce­dures are yet to be­gin – more than a year after she was con­victed of the mur­der of her hus­band Pa­trick Maqubela, an act­ing judge on the Western Cape Bench, and of fraud and forgery for fal­si­fy­ing his will.

Act­ing Judge Maqubela was found dead in bed at his Cape Town flat on June 7, 2009, his body cov­ered with a pil­low and sheet.

While the med­i­cal ev­i­dence could not con­clu­sively de­ter­mine his cause of death, Judge John Murphy found, based on the to­tal­ity of the ev­i­dence, Maqubela had in­ten­tion­ally killed him.

When her crim­i­nal case last came be­fore the court a few weeks ago, the court was told that the panel of ex­perts needed more time with the widow. It was post­poned to next month.

The AFU is re­ly­ing on the common law prin­ci­ple that “a bloody hand does not in­herit” and has set its sights on Maqubela be­ing stripped of her share of the es­tate, worth about R7.2 mil­lion.

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