Manqele stabbed Flabba to ‘protect herself’

Lawyers for the murder accused say her actions leading to the stabbing were not driven by jealousy & rage.

FILE. Sindisiwe Manqele being briefed by counsel on Tuesday 9 September 2015 ahead of testifying in her murder trial. She is accused of killing her rapper boyfriend Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi at his home in Alexandra in March. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for murder accused Sindisiwe Manqele say her actions leading to the stabbing and killing of rapper Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi were not driven by passion, jealousy or rage.

The state has argued that the heated argument between the two lovers was caused by Manqele's intolerance at seeing Habedi interacting with another woman at a Sandton club in March.

But Manqele's lawyers say the 26-year-old stabbed her boyfriend to protect herself during a fight, not because he danced with a former lover.

Judge Solly Sithole says it was a crime of passion and a relationship characterised by unhealthy disputes.

"She expressed her love for the deceased. That is why she explained her actions thereafter, that she didn't want him to die."

State Prosecutor Paul Schutter says Manqele was simply jealous after seeing Habedi talking to an ex-girlfriend.

"She also falsely denied that she was upset about this whole incident."

However, her defence lawyer Norman Makhubela says such representations of what happened are unfortunate.

"Her evidence is clear. 'I was in fear. I was in danger. I felt threatened.'"

The court will sit again next month, for judgment.