Flabba was a gifted artist - Mthethwa

2015-03-10 16:26
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Flabba's girlfriend shows bruises, stab wound in court

2015-03-10 13:00

We're joined on Skype by The Juice's Kyle Zeeman who was at court when Flabba murder-accused Sindisiwe Precious Manqele was charged with killing the Skwatta Kamp star. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday offered his condolences to the family and friends of slain musician Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi.

The 38-year-old was fatally stabbed at his home in Alexandra, Johannesburg, in the early hours of Monday morning. His girlfriend Sindisiwe Manqele was arrested.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the violent death of the popular rap and hip-hop musical artist," Mthethwa said in a statement.

"We have lost a gifted artistic voice that will be missed, but his legacy will live through his musical contribution. May his soul rest in peace."

Mthethwa hailed Habedi as a great musician who at the height of his career shared a stage with American acts Will Smith and Ludacris.

Manqele appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on a charge of murder. She was not granted bail and the case would return on 16 March.

Dressed in a grey hoodie, a black T-shirt and leggings, Manqele, through her lawyer, told the court that she sustained bruises and wounds to her wrists and stomach.

Her lawyer requested that she be seen by a private doctor in jail.

While some media reports stated that Habedi's family claimed Manqele had tried to commit suicide, it was still unclear how she sustained her injuries.

The case against the 26-year-old, who featured prominently on Habedi's Instagram page, was postponed to next Monday.

Dozens of people, mostly from the Alexandra, packed the court for her appearance on Tuesday.

After proceedings, chaos erupted outside the court with the community clashing with Manqele's relatives.

The community had been calling for Manqele to be denied bail.

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