Flabba case: 'Don't label Manqele a jealous girlfriend'

The defence says Sindisiwe Manqele didn’t kill boyfriend Nkululeko ‘Flabba’ Habedi out of spite.

Sindisiwe Manqele. Picture: Instagram/keflabba.

JOHANNESBURG - The defence lawyers for murder accused Sindisiwe Manqele have cautioned against representations of her being a drunk jealous girlfriend who killed her musician boyfriend Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi out of spite.

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This comes after the prosecution told the court that Manqele acted in a jealous rage when she stabbed Flabba.

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Manqele's lawyers have told the court that she was tortured and assaulted by Habedi on the day she stabbed him in March.

The High Court sitting in Randburg is today hearing closing arguments ahead of sentencing.

Members of Flabba's family sighed in the gallery as defence lawyer Norman Makhubela told the court that Manqele had no choice but to protect herself.

"The possibility is, had she not done so, in all likelihood it would have been a different person in a body bag other than the deceased."

Manqele claims she stabbed and killed her rapper boyfriend in self-defence after an argument at his home in Alexandra.

The State has, however, argued that she was intoxicated and jealous after she saw Habedi dancing with a former girlfriend at a Sandton night club.

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Prosecutors have also argued that Manqele overstated the extent to which her life was in danger, but Makhubela says claims that Manqele inflicted her own wounds are unfortunate, and they contradict medical reports presented during her bail application.

Her defence says it was Habedi's own jealousy that caused the night to end in a violent confrontation.

The defence has accused prosecutors of clutching at straws today, and says they haven't proven beyond reasonable doubt that Manqele intended to murder Habedi.


During a previous hearing, Manqele told the court she said and Habedi were planning a wedding this year.

The accused says he had promised to go to her home and pay lobola.

Despite her accusing him of being unfaithful she says they were planning a future together.

Manqele has described her boyfriend as kind and caring, adding he was acting out of character on the day he was killed.

She also said Flabba was insecure about his financial status and was anxious that she might leave him.