Bare with us - court tells Flabba's killer

2016-04-12 12:21

Johannesburg - Delays in obtaining the full transcripts of the judgment and sentencing of hip-hop artist Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi’s killer on Tuesday halted her appeal proceedings.

Sindiswe Manqele appeared in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge for what was meant to be the start of her appeal against her murder conviction and 12-year jail sentence.

"Your council has gone to the ends of the earth looking for a transcript. He only got it last Friday and it's not even a full transcript of the merits of the judgment," Judge Solly Sithole told her.

The transcripts of the sentencing were also not available yet.

Sithole said he was unable to proceed with the matter without the full documents. He would only be able to do so on 24 and 25 May.

"Bare with us," he told her. 

On 10 March, Sithole sentenced her to 12 years behind bars after he found her guilty of murdering Habedi. She was granted R25 000 bail pending her appeal.

Following the sentencing, Sithole ordered that she get a monitoring bracelet. She was never given one and on Tuesday, Sithole changed his mind.

"We discussed this in chambers and we came to an agreement that it's not necessary that between now and 24 May, you be tagged," Sithole said.

Dressed in blue jeans, a white coat, and a pink and white scarf draped over her head, Manqele said she understood.

She had been in a relationship with Habedi when she stabbed him in the heart during an argument in his Alexandra home in March last year.

During the trial, Manqele admitted to intentionally stabbing Habedi in a bid to free herself from him. She however told the court that she had not intended to kill him.

Habedi's family, who had religiously attended court proceedings, were not present on Tuesday. The public gallery, which was packed during her trial, was only half-full on Tuesday.

Manqele hurriedly left the court after proceedings, with her family in tow.

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