Sindisiwe Manqele's legal team seeks leave to appeal

Sindisiwe Manqele was sentenced to 12 years in jail for murdering Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi.

Sindisiwe Manqele has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars for murdering her rapper boyfriend, Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Sindisiwe Manqele's defence team will spend the next month preparing its application for leave to appeal against her conviction and 12 year jail sentence for murdering her boyfriend, Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi.

Manqele was sentenced in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge yesterday.

She is currently out on R15,000 bail for the March 2015 murder.

Judge Solly Sithole cited mercy as the reason why he declined to impose the minimum sentence of 15 years for the murder conviction against Manqele.

Manqele's legal team will have to convince the judge to grant her leave to appeal her sentence and conviction.

WATCH: Manqele gets 12 years for murdering Flabba.

Manqele's attorney Amanda Vilakazi, says the 12 year sentence was expected.

"We kind of were expecting this kind of sentence, but that does not take away from the fact that we are still proceeding with the appeal."

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Phindi Louw believes the sentence is sufficient.

"We came and argued for a direct imprisonment term and that is what we achieved."

If Manqele is granted leave to appeal next month, the defence will approach the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein.