South Africa 16.3.2015 10:59 am

Flabba’s girlfriend claims self-defence

The courtroom filled to capacity is pictured, 10 March 2015, at the Alexandra Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg ahead of the appearance of Sindisiwe Precious Manqele who is accused of stabbing her musician boyfriend, Nkululeko Habedi, to death.  Picture: Alaister Russell

The courtroom filled to capacity is pictured, 10 March 2015, at the Alexandra Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg ahead of the appearance of Sindisiwe Precious Manqele who is accused of stabbing her musician boyfriend, Nkululeko Habedi, to death. Picture: Alaister Russell

Sindisiwe Manqele claims she killed hip-hop star Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi in self-defence.

She was applying for bail at the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court. Manqele’s lawyer handed in a medical report showing multiple soft tissue injuries, eNCA reported on Monday. She said in court papers she should be released on bail because there was no proof that she would disturb public order. Habedi, a member of hip-hop group Skwatta Kamp, was stabbed to death at his home early last Monday morning, allegedly by Manqele, thought to be his girlfriend.

Police said they were called to Habedi’s Alexandra home at 4am, where the 38-year-old musician was killed.

Family spokesman Tshepang Habedi said his brother was stabbed once in the heart.

On Monday, curious onlookers watched as media set-up cameras on the pavement in the middle of the busy morning commute outside the court.

This was in contrast to the scene outside the court following Manqele’s first appearance last Monday, the same day Habedi was killed and she was arrested.

At the time, local residents clashed with a group of women and a man, understood to be Manqele’s relatives. The two groups traded insults, and the residents insisted Manqele should not be granted bail.

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Flabba laid to rest

Heartfelt condolences continued pouring at the Alexandra Stadium, north of Johannesburg, as friends, family and fans of slain hip hop artist Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi gathered to say their final goodbyes.

The funeral, graced by City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau, saw the South African arts fraternity once again united.

Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli comforted the family and spoke of the loss the industry had suffered. “The music industry is poorer today,” said Mbuli. Tau said the City was grateful for Habedi’s talent. “Your role certainly is acknowledged, your contribution to the arts is indeed acknowledged. ”

Flabba’s daughter, Lesego Habedi, recited poem for her father, before the Holy Family School Choir took to the stage.

On behalf of Flabba’s wife, Mpho Habedi, Lerato Moselane read a note in which she said she was going to miss the family hug she shared with Flabba and daughter Lesego. “And I’m sad today that you’ve left too soon… I want you to provide me with strength, with guidance,” Mpho said.

Peter Lynch, programme director and Skwatta Kamp manager, said Flabba was to be buried in between two prominent figures – one of which was Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala.

Flabba will be laid to rest at the West Park Cemetery after dying from a stab wound to the chest, allegedly inflicted by his girlfriend Sindisiwe Precious Manqele.

Manqele is set to appear at Alexandra Magistrate Court on Monday.

READ MORE:  I am presumed innocent until proven guilty – Flabba’s girlfriend

 

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