Flabba's alleged killer tried to slit her wrists

2015-09-08 14:57
Sindisiwe Manqele sits with her face covered at the Alexandra Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Sindisiwe Manqele sits with her face covered at the Alexandra Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - Murder-accused Sindisiwe Manqele tried to slit her writs after her boyfriend Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi died from a stab wound she had inflicted on him.

This was according to the testimony of Thapelo Sello, who claimed to have been present on the day the couple argued.

Sello told the High Court sitting at the Randburg Magistrate's Court that Manqele tried to kill herself with a glass in the presence of the police.

"After she had cut herself, one of the police officers called for her colleague to fetch cuffs because she was injuring herself," said Sello.

"The paramedics also bandaged her cuts."

Sello was the second witness to take to the stand on Tuesday following the testimony of Habedi's cousin, Mpho Motsoari.

Sello and Motsoari said the couple had come home to find them sitting in the carport of Habedi's Alexandra home on March 9 where they were chatting and listening to Habedi's music.

Both men alleged that Habedi, a hip-hop star, was in a jovial mood and had sang along to his songs which had been playing in the house.

They claimed Habedi informed them that he had been fighting with Manqele after she saw him talking to a woman earlier that night.

'This bitch just stabbed me'

Manqele had arrived at the house and locked herself in the bedroom and Habedi had knocked on the window and pleaded for her to open.

Sello said Manqele later opened and the couple argued.

Sello said he later heard Habedi shout: "This bitch just stabbed me."

This was followed by Manqele's screams for help.

Sello, Motsoari and two other relatives who were in the house rushed to the bedroom where they found Habedi on the floor.

"If I am not mistaken, he had black jeans on and a pair of socks. His jeans were not pulled up to his waist. They were above his knees. He was not wearing a top," Sello said.

As he testified, Manqele could be heard sniffling.

Sello told the court that a black steak knife had been used to injure Habedi.

The knife, which had black particles of dried blood on it was handed in as an exhibit.

Biased witness

Motsoari earlier concluded his testimony before the court where Manqele's lawyer, Norman Makhubele, had labelled him a biased witness.

'How can you be sober after drinking and smoking weed?'

Makhubele accused Motsoari of trying to hide that Habedi had attacked Manqele on the day he was killed.

He also tried to cast a shadow on Motsoari's testimony as he had admitted that, hours before the incident, he had had two beers and a marijuana joint.

"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 couple of beers and a single roll of weed.

Asked whether Habedi was a marijuana smoker, Motsoari said: "Yes, even the accused."

Meanwhile, Manqele has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against her.

She says she acted in self-defence.

The trial continues.

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