/ 16 March 2015

Flabba’s girlfriend claims self-defence

A relative of Sindisiwe Manqele
A relative of Sindisiwe Manqele

Sindisiwe Manqele was applying for bail at the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court, where she claimed she stabbed Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi in self-defence.

Manqele’s lawyer handed in a medical report showing multiple soft tissue injuries, eNCA reported. She said in court papers she should be released on bail because there was no proof that she would disturb public order.

Stabbed to death
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 spokesperson 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. – Sapa