Flabba memorial: Family determined to remember his good side

Family, friends and entertainers gathered at Bassline in Newtown for the rapper’s memorial service.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Rapper Nkululeko Habedi's family and friends on Wednesday said they have been left "broken" by his murder but are determined to remember his good side, rather than the way he died.

A memorial service was held for the rapper known as 'Flabba' at the Bassline nightclub in Newtown, where well known entertainers and fans gathered to show respect.

Habedi was stabbed to death at his home in Alexandra in the early hours of Monday morning, allegedly by his girlfriend.

Sindisiwe Manqele has since been arrested and charged with murder.

The 38-year-old was a member of the Skwatta Kamp rap group and his death has been met with shock by the hip hop industry.

Habedi's sister said she would remember her younger brother as a loyal and principled man.

Nomonde told well-known rappers and fans that Flabba did not pretend and always put his family first.

Habedi's mother and two children were also present at the service.

Habedi's close friends described him as a rapper who was not ashamed of his past and as the first rapper to introduce the Alexandra township to the world.

Tears also flowed several times as rappers and singers paid tribute.