“Accused number one [Thandi Maqubela] is found guilty and accused number two is found not guilty,” Judge John Murphy said.
Her co-accused Vela Mabena was acquitted on the basis that the State had not proved his involvement beyond reasonable doubt.
Murphy said the acquittal was based on a finding of “not proven” rather than “factual innocence”.
He also found Maqubela guilty of forging the will of her husband — an acting judge at the time of his death — and committing fraud by causing potential prejudice to his estate.
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