Sindisiwe Manqele loses appeal against murder conviction

2016-05-24 12:33
Manqele sits in court, her head covered with a scarf. (Naledi Shange, News24)

Manqele sits in court, her head covered with a scarf. (Naledi Shange, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

WATCH: Sindi Manqele sentenced for Flabba's murder

2016-03-10 13:56

Sindisiwe Manqele has received a 12-year prison sentence for the murder of Skwatta Kamp's Nkuleleko "Flabba" Habedi on 9 March 2015.WATCH

Johannesburg - Convicted killer Sindisiwe Manqele's application for leave to appeal was dismissed on Tuesday in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court.

This was despite her lawyer arguing that twelve years' imprisonment was not an appropriate sentence when considering the other factors at play. 

Manqele stabbed her boyfriend Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi in the chest in March last year at his Alexandra home after the two had a heated argument.

Defence attorney Norman Makhubela said another court could find that one stab wound cannot be found to have exceeded the boundaries of self-defence. 

"Premeditation means the applicant must have thought out or pre-planned the stabbing. There was nothing in her evidence that suggested this," Makhubela said. 

Makhubela said just because Manqele acted intentionally doesn't mean her actions were unlawful.

Manqele pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, saying she had acted in self-defence after Habedi had pinned her down, rubbed his saliva on her face and poked at her stomach with a knife as he accused her of seeking men who could provide better for her financially.

During the trial, under cross-examination by prosecutor Paul Schutte, Manqele buckled under the pressure and told the court that she had intentionally stabbed the hip-hop musician.

Sitting calmly with her head covered with a scarf, dressed in a black leather jacket, she listened to the court proceedings in a half full court.

Makhubela said she was acting to defend herself and her life during a violent altercation. 

He argued that the court erred in separating the single act of stabbing and the events that led up to that moment.

Makhubela said the court over-emphasised the seriousness of the crime instead of considering other factors.

Read more on:    sindisiwe manqele  |  johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.