‘Flabba's girlfriend tried to take her own life’

Nkululeko Habedi’s cousin said his girlfriend slit her wrists after she realised he was dying.

Renowned South African rapper and member of rap group Skwatta Kamp Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - One of the first people on the scene of 38-year-old Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi's murder told Eyewitness News his girlfriend tried to take her own life after allegedly stabbing him.

Habedi died in his bedroom at his Alexandra home in the early hours of the morning and his girlfriend has since been arrested and charged with his murder.

South Africa's hip hop community has been left reeling by his death, with Flabba being described as a "veteran and pioneer" for the music industry.

Habedi's brother Tshepang and cousin Luyanda tried to resuscitate the rapper moments after he'd been stabbed.

Tshepang said his brother died from a single stab wound to the heart.

"I tried to stop the blood from the wound. I called the ambulance; the ambulance came after a long time and confirmed he was dead."

Luyanda claimed when the accused realised the rapper was dying, she tried to take her own life.

"She broke a bottle and she tried slitting her wrist."

The woman is being kept at the Alexandra Police Station.

WATCH: Pain, shock and tears following Flabba's murder.

Meanwhile, as South Africa's music industry mourns the hip hop artist's death, his crew members have called on his fans to play his music as a tribute to his life.

Fellow Alexandra rapper Sean Pages said Flabba mentored a wide variety of South African rapper s and would be remembered as one of the greatest in the industry.

"He was an inspiration. He was the first guy to actually put Alexandra on the map in terms of hip hop. He was a dude I looked up to."

Habedi's career took off alongside fellow Skwatta Kamp rapper, Lebo 'Shugasmakx' Mothibe, who said fans should play his music to remember him.

"People should play his music. Play it loud because that's what he loved."

Just last week Habedi recorded a video with other Gauteng rappers at his home and on Sunday night performed his music on stage for the last time in Sandton.

At the same time, the Department of Arts and Culture says it's saddened by Flabba's killing.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa has described the 38-year old's death as a loss to South Africa's creative industry.

Department spokesperson Sandile Memela said Habedi's music contributed towards social change among the country's youth.

"Flabba and Skwatta Kamp used music to contribute towards nation building and of course through his death, we as a country and sector have lost an artistic voice."