Manqele suitable candidate for correctional supervision, court hears

2016-03-09 16:14
(Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - Sindisiwe Manqele, convicted of the murder of Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi, would be a suitable candidate for correctional supervision, the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge heard on Wednesday.

Correctional Services assessor Medhurst Mapitsa said Manqele had a fixed address in Kempton Park where she could remain for the duration of her house arrest.

He told the court that if granted house arrest, Manqele would need to remain at the said address and also perform at least 16 hours of community service every month.

Mapitsa said Manqele had also wished to apologise to the family of her slain lover.

Earlier, a clinical psychologist Teboho Seipati Monyamane said time behind bars would prove difficult for Manqele.

"It would not be an ideal environment for her," Monyamane said.

She was testifying in the sentencing proceedings of Manqele after having had three consultations with her in the last few weeks.

Monyamane told the court that Manqele had seemed demotivated and had a generalised sense of fear following her lover's death.

She had also lost her appetitite, struggled to sleep, showed signs of anxiety and had shortness of breath.

Manqele had fatally stabbed Habedi at his home exactly a year ago.

Manqele and Habedi had allegedly been involved in a heated argument on the day of the murder, after they had returned from a Sandton nightclub.

The couple had argued about Habedi's ex-girlfriend who had allegedly danced seductively in front of him while at the club. Habedi also exchanged words with Manqele after she entertained another man who had paid her compliments at the club.

While Manqele had pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, arguing she acted in self-defence, in December 2015, Judge Solly Sithole rejected her private defence plea.

He said she acted intentionally in stabbing Habedi and had, during cross-examination, admitted to this.

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