'Flabba' case: State says medical certificate exaggerated

Sindisiwe Manqele claimed she stabbed the rapper in self-defence because he attacked her first.

Renowned South African rapper and member of rap group Skwatta Kamp Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi was stabbed to death, allegedly at the hands of his girlfriend, Sindisiwe Manqele.Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The state in the murder case against rapper Nkululeko Habedi's girlfriend on Monday argued a medical certificate presented in court outlining her injuries was exaggerated.

Sindisiwe Manqele told the Alexandra Magistrates Court she stabbed her boyfriend, better known as 'Flabba', in self defence because he attacked her.

Habedi was buried at the weekend after he'd been stabbed in the early hours of Monday morning.

He died in his bedroom at his home in Alexandra in northern Johannesburg.

Manqele was granted R10,000 bail and was expected back in court in May.

Sitting quietly in the dock with her face covered in a navy blue and white scarf, Manqele didn't utter a word, except when the magistrate asked her if she knew her rights.

She handed in a medical certificate in a bid to support her claims that Habedi was abusive and her life was in danger on the night in question.

Her attorney, Amanda Vilakazi, read the certificate to the court.

It stated Manqele sustained minor injuries to her upper body and limped because of pain in her right leg.

But prosecutors argued that that the document was exaggerated because witnesses, including police officers, got statements that claimed she tried to commit suicide by breaking a bottle and slitting her wrists.

Magistrate Gideon Schnetler dismissed this given the fact that Manqele admitted to attempting suicide.

The magistrate added some of her injuries could not have been self-inflicted.

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The decision to grant bail to Manqele was met with shock and disappointment by the Alexandra community.

Dozens of fans, neighbours and friends waited outside court carrying posters calling on the court to deny the accused bail.

Armed officers were also dispatched to maintain law and order.

Only the Habedi and Manqele families, along with media, were allowed to attend proceedings.

Protesters called on the court to hand down the harshest possible sentence on hearing the news.

Tshegofatso Maleka lives along the same road as Flabba's family.

She says the law has let them down.

"I'm hurt. You cannot kill somebody and then get bail."

Manqele meanwhile told the court her family received death threats following the stabbing.