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Family and friends bid Flabba a final farewell

The 38-year-old rapper’s funeral is being held at the Alexandra Stadium today.

A local artist painting a portrait of Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi on the day of his funeral says he will give it to the rapper’s mother. 15 March 2015. Picture: Dineo Bendile/ EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Friends and family of rapper Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi have arrived at the Alexandra Stadium to pay their final respects to the musician today.

Habedi was stabbed to death last Monday, allegedly by his girlfriend Sindisiwe Manqele, who has since been charged with his murder.

The musician is being laid to rest in a ceremony attended by members of the music industry, his fans and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau.

Tau said South Africa has been dealt a double blow by the deaths of 'Flabba' and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, who was killed in a car crash this morning.

He extended his condolences to Chabane's family.

"I myself got to attend a number of hip hop events and I should say I got to understand that profanities are part of the language."

Mourners are filling into the Alexandra Stadium to say their final goodbyes, with fans saying they're attending his funeral today, to celebrate his life.

However, many say they're still shocked at his death.

Young Alexandra residents say Flabba was an inspiration to many of them, adding that to them, he was not a celebrity but a brother.

This man who worked at a local pharmacy the musician frequented says Habedi encouraged him to pursue his career goals.

"Sometimes he would come and say can you organise me gigs? I would say, hawu, come on man, I don't know marketing, how can I do that?"

He says now that he has chosen a career in marketing, he wishes Habedi was still alive so he could promote his music.

Young locals say what they remember most about him was his creativity.

Since the news of his killing broke, members of South Africa's music industry have expressed shock at his death, with members of the hip hop community saying they will celebrate the 38-year-old rapper's life and music.

Manqele is expected back in court for a bail application tomorrow.