'My life was in danger': Flabba's girlfriend claims self-defence

By admin
16 March 2015

Sindisiwe Manqele claims self-defence in the fatal stabbing of hip-hop star Nkululeko Habedi in an affidavit submitted to the Alexandra Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

She was granted R10,000 bail.

Magistrate Gideon Schnetler said Manqele would have to comply with several conditions as part of her bail.

These included reporting to the Midrand police station every Wednesday and Friday, and informing the investigating officer if she left Gauteng.

Reading the affidavit, Amanda Vilakazi, for Manqele, said Manqele denied intentionally killing Habedi, known as Flabba in the music industry.

'I am confident that I will not be found guilty'

Manqele said her life was in danger when she allegedly stabbed Habedi in the heart, and "vehemently denied" murdering him.

"I submit that I am presumed innocent until proven guilty," Manqele said in her affidavit.

"The State has a weak case against me... I am confident that I will not be found guilty."

Vilakazi told the court Manqele, wearing a blue hoodie and a black and white scarf that covered her face, posed no danger to society, and would be denied adequate access to legal counsel were bail not granted.

She told the court Manqele could pay bail of R5000 immediately, and if it was set higher, would raise additional funds with the help of family and friends.

The State opposed bail, citing among several reasons the charges Manqele faced were of a very serious nature, and dismissed the presumption that the State had no case.

It also emerged that Manqele allegedly tried killing herself shortly after Habedi was stabbed, cutting her wrists with a broken bottle.

"She does not have the docket, and she does not know the contents of the docket," prosecutor Percy Ramushu told the court.

Habedi, a member of hip-hop group Skwatta Kamp, was stabbed to death at his home early last Monday morning, and Manqele, his girlfriend, was arrested.

Police said they were called to Habedi's Alexandra home at 4am, where the 38-year-old musician was killed.

Magistrate Gideon Schnetler adjourned proceedings until later on Monday morning.

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