Manqele can rot in jail - Flabba's mother

2015-12-09 20:35
Nkululeko Habedi, aka Flabba. (Facebook)

Nkululeko Habedi, aka Flabba. (Facebook)

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Johannesburg - The once loving relationship between Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi's mother and his girlfriend, Sindisiwe Manqele, has evaporated.

Manqele was on Wednesday convicted of murdering Habedi.

Following her conviction, Habedi's mother, Pearl, said she did not care for Manqele. "Even if she rots in jail, I don't care,"  she said.

Habedi told the media that since her son was murdered by Manqele at his home in Alexandra in March, the 26-year-old woman had not bothered to apologise for her actions.

Asked whether she would be willing to forgive Manqele, Pearl Habedi said that was not possible. "It's too late," she said.

While Habedi broke down and left the court in tears following the conviction of her son's murderer, she said she was happy that justice had been served.

"I am relieved that my boy has been [vindicated]. I am relieved that the judge saw through her and all the lies," she said, adding that she had first given Manqele the benefit of the doubt.

Relationship 'doomed'

Manqele stabbed Habedi in the chest with a steak knife in his bedroom after the pair had had an argument following their return from a Sandton nightclub.

The altercation was apparently fuelled by the presence of Habedi's ex-girlfriend, Kea, who had danced in front of Habedi in an apparently flirtatious manner.

The court heard that the couple also fought about Manqele entertaining another man who was paying her compliments at the club.

Delivering his judgment on Wednesday, Judge Solly Sithole said the relationship seemed "doomed" as it was tainted by jealousy.

During cross-examination, Manqele had told the court that she intentionally stabbed her lover as she wanted to get away from him. She told the court that she did not, however, intend to kill him.

She had pleaded not guilty and stated that she acted in self defence.

Perceived threat

Sithole however, rejected her version and stated that her actions of defence were not proportionate to the perceived threat.

Manqele was to spend her first night behind bars after her legal team failed to launch a fresh bail bid. She left the courtroom in tears as she was led to the court cells with a pink headscarf around her neck.

While she is yet to be sentenced, her lawyers indicated that they would be appealing the conviction.

She would return to the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday when her lawyers are expected to put forward a fresh bail bid ahead of her sentencing.

Read more on:    sindisiwe manqele  |  nkululeko habedi  |  johannesburg  |  crime

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