Witnesses contradict each other in Flabba trial

2015-09-07 19:16
Nkululeko Habedi, aka Flabba. (Facebook)

Nkululeko Habedi, aka Flabba. (Facebook)

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Johannesburg - The first two State witnesses in the murder trial of hip-hop star Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi appeared to contradict one another, a Johannesburg court heard on Monday. 

Mpho Motsoari, Habedi's cousin who lived in the same house in Alexandra where he was killed, told the court Habedi arrived back at the house with murder-accused Sindisiwe Manqele after midnight on March 9 this year.

He said Manqele walked into the house first, followed a few minutes later by Habedi, who was singing.

Habedi stopped singing and told Mpho and his friend Thabelo, who was with Mpho at the time outside the house, he was fighting with Manqele.

The rapper went into the house to his room to find Mangele had locked it from the inside.

"He tried knocking... he kept knocking and knocking, then came back to us and busted a cigarette," Motsoari said.

Manqele is accused of stabbing and killing Habedi in his home, although Manqele claims she stabbed Habedi in self-defence. The matter is being heard at the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting at the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

Motsoari said on Habedi hearing a click sound, he "went running back into the house".

This differed from the first State witness Luyanda Sulupha, who said Habedi had been knocking on the door repeatedly to gain access and went to the bedroom window and knocked on the window before the door was unlocked.

A further contradiction presented itself when Motsoari said Sulupha had been sleeping prior to Habedi and Manqele arguing and woke up due to the commotion.

Sulupha said he had been working on a document in his room, listening to music, when he heard the rapper and Manqele get home. Also, prior to the stabbing, Sulupha said he spoke to Mpho asking what was going on, a conversation Motsoari did not mention in his testimony.

The matter was postponed to Tuesday, with Motsoari to continue with his evidence-in-chief.

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