How Flabba's girlfriend, Sindisiwe Manqele wants to use graduating while still in prison to right her wrongs


It is alleged that she stabbed Flabba once in the chest at his home in Alexandra in an act of self defense after an altercation between the couple became violent. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison by Judge Solly Sithole at High Court in Palm Ridge in March 2016.

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A few years later, Sindiswe is making headlines again, this time in a more positive light.

After persistent hard work and dedication, the 28 year old women has graduated from University of South Africa with an honours in business management.

She was among 127 other convicted felons who were also given the opportunity to complete their education.

In an interview with eNCA, Sindisiwe reveals that completing her education is a way of apologising to everyone who was hurt by her actions in the past.

"There's a lot of wrongs I need to right. This is me trying to make up for wrongs. I want to come out and be a better person do better and live a better life.

I have also always been very passionate about education, I was studying before I got incarcerated. I've got siblings who look up to me, I have young cousins, nieces and nephews.

Also I am a grandmother, these people look up to me" she says in the interview.

She also goes on to say how she believes it is possible to make a right from a bad thing or a mistake that may have occurred, and she wants to make it right.

There were a lot of mixed emotions from people surrounding her graduation. Some people welcomed the apology and wished the young woman well on her journey to building a new life while others thought it unfair that she be granted the opportunity to study considering her crime. 

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Here are some of their responses to the news on Twitter:

Every one is entitled to an opinion and in the same way, a second chance. There are dozens of stories about felons who've managed to make a success of themselves despite spending time behind bars.

Sindisiwe graduating while still in prison undeniably sends a positive message to many women out there about following your dreams and achieving those goals no matter how your life changes.

As such, it is commendable to see a young woman attempting to pick up the pieces of her life from the ground and clean up an unfortunate mess she's made.

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