Flabba’s alleged killer used ‘considerable force'

A forensic pathologist says the knife used to stab ‘Flabba’ went through his rib and pierced his heart.

FILE: Renowned South African rapper and member of rap group Skwatta Kamp Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi was stabbed in the chest by Sindisiwe Manqele. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The forensic pathologist in the Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi trial has testified that the person who stabbed the musician used 'considerable force'.

Twenty-six-year-old Sindisiwe Manqele is appearing in the Randburg Magistrates Court.

She is accused of murdering Habedi at his home in Alexandra in March.

Manqele has pleaded not guilty, saying she was acting in self-defence during a heated argument.

Dr Thandi Mahuluhulu is a forensic pathologist appointed by the Gauteng health Department.

She examined Habedi's body six months ago.

Mahuluhulu told the court the stab wound was 10 centimetres into the rapper's chest and adds the knife went through his rib, piercing his heart.

Meanwhile the defence says the rib fracture sustained by Habedi was from his girlfriend performing CPR on him, and not from a sharp object consistent with a knife.

While on the stand the State's witness Dr Mahuluhulu told the court that a sharp object consistent with a knife fractured the victim's rib.

But Defence Attorney Norman Makhubele put to the doctor that the injury was caused by Manqele trying to save Habedi's life.

Mahuluhulu denied this, explaining that if the injury was a result of blunt force, the fracture would have had split ends and not the clean cut she observed during her examination.

The trial resumes tomorrow.