Witness gets defensive at Flabba murder trial

2015-09-07 16:58
Sindisiwe Manqele sits with her face covered. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Sindisiwe Manqele sits with her face covered. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - The State's first witness in the trial of the woman accused of killing hip-hop star Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi appeared to adopt a defensive stance under cross-examination in a Johannesburg court on Monday.

Luyanda Sulupha, Habedi's cousin who lived in the same house as the rapper when he was stabbed and died in the early hours of March 9 this year, claimed defence lawyer Norman Makhubele was attempting to confuse him.

Acting Judge Solly Sithole stepped in, telling Sulupha he was "the referee" in the courtroom and if Makhubele had sought to confuse him, he would have stepped in.

Sindisiwe Manqele is accused of stabbing and killing Habedi in his home. The matter is being heard at the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting at the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

Makhubele peppered Sulupha with questions regarding the sequence of events that fateful morning when Habedi was stabbed.

Asked what he was doing when Habedi and Manqele arrived home after midnight on March 9, Sulupha said he was in his room listening to music and typing a proposal on his laptop.

"In the midst of listening to the background of your music....you heard the deceased's vehicle pulling in," Makhubele asked.

Sulupha said he heard the car fan and the gate closing, at which point he paused the music as he wanted to show Habedi the proposal he was working on.

Following further questioning from Makhubele, with Sulupha's answers not appearing to hit the mark, Sithole said: "He wants to know whether you paused your music when you heard an argument between the deceased [Habedi] and the accused [Manqele]...so you are saying it was not correct for you that you paused your music when the argument started?"

Sulupha replied, "I paused the music when I heard the gate close."

Makhubele asked, "What is it you stopped doing when you heard the door of the deceased [Habedi] being slammed?"

Sulupha said: "I was typing. I heard the door slam and lock and I just stopped and listened."

The trial continues.

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