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Flabba murder-accused mobbed by angry crowd at hearing

By admin
10 March 2015

Reports say an angry crowd has mobbed relatives of Flabba murder-accused Sindisiwe Precious Manqele outside the Alexandra Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday

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Regional Court courtroom one of the Alexandra Magistrate's Court was packed to capacity ahead of the appearance of Manqele, alleged to have fatally stabbed her musician boyfriend Nkululeko Habedi, also known as Flabba, Sapa reported.

Journalists and members of the public huddled in the courtroom benches while outside the court scores of people tried to enter, hoping to find a space in the courtroom.

Two security officials present at the courthouse though were unable to stop a mob of angry locals from harassing one of the relatives of the 26-year-old, tweeted Jacaranda FM.

The same relative is reported to have hit a parked car while trying to leave the courthouse.

Meanwhile, Habedi's family members were also stranded outside the court.

Dressed in black and wearing dark glasses, some of Habedi's relatives argued with police officials, wanting seats in the courtroom.

"There must be order. The court needs to have names," said one female relative, questioning who all the people seated in the courtroom were.

In the courthouse, Manqele stood in the dock with visible injuries to her arm, wrist and leg, allegedly from the argument she had had with Habedi on Monday morning, EWN reported.

Manqele also reportedly sustained a stab wound to the stomach, but it is still unclear exactly how those injuries were sustained.

The 26-year-old’s lawyer asked the court if a private doctor can be sent to prison to inspect her injuries.

The case has been postponed to 16 March for further investigations, with the accused to remain in police custody.

Police, meanwhile, have denied reports that the accused tried to commit suicide shortly after allegedly stabbing Habedi.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale dismissed the rumours, telling eNCA she 'did not try to kill herself'.

- News24