‘Flabba’ witness admits to marijuana use on night of murder

2015-09-08 13:07
Nkululeko Habedi, aka Flabba. (Facebook)

Nkululeko Habedi, aka Flabba. (Facebook)

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Johannesburg - The testimony of the cousin of Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi was on Tuesday cast into doubt after he admitted to using marijuana and drinking beer hours before the rapper was killed.

"I stopped smoking weed first and then the beer later on," Mpho Motsoari told the High Court sitting in the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

He was present when his cousin, Flabba was fatally stabbed by his girlfriend, Sindisile Manqele at his home in Alexandra in March this year.

"How would you describe your state of sobriety?" Norman Makhubele for Manqele asked Motsoari.

"You cannot say I was high because I had smoked hours before," Motsoari said.

"How can you be sober after drinking and smoking weed?" Makhubele said.

"We are not talking about a lot of beers and a stack of joints," Motsoari replied, adding that he had a few beers and a single roll of weed.

Asked whether Habedi was a marijuana smoker, Motsoari agreed.

"Yes, even the accused," he said.

Makhubele shot back, asking why he was implicating the accused in the matter.

‘Hadebe said he and girlfriend had been fighting’

"It's because we were doing it as a family, including her," Motsoari replied, referring to the accused.

Manqele sat in the dock in all black. A black shawl was also draped over her head.

Motsoari claimed to have been sitting in the carport of the house when Manqele and Habedi returned home from a night of partying.

She had first walked past, greeted Motsoari and another man before heading to the house, where he claimed to have heard her lock the door behind her.

Motsoari said Habedi later came in and was in a jovial mood. He said Habedi smoked a cigarette with them and sang along to one of his hip hop tracks.

He told Motsoari that he and Manqele had been fighting and was off to 'sort it out'.

Makhubele questioned whether this could not have indicated that this meant he wanted to assault Manqele.

Motsoari denied this.

Manqele has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

She claimed to have killed Habedi in self-defence.

The trial continues.

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