Sindisiwe Manqele has now been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for the murder of her boyfriend rapper Nkululeko ‘Flabba’ Habedi. The verdict came in exactly one year after the demise of the rapper.
The sentence was announced on Wednesday in the Johannesburg High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court. Manqele was found guilty of the murder of rapper Nkululeko ‘Flabba’ Habedi by Judge Solly and will now serve a time of 12 years in prison.
In his judgement, Judge Solly Sithole said that the crime of which Manqele was found guilty is a serious one which is punishable by death in most parts of the world.
“The offense you have been convicted of is one of the serious ones anywhere… it is punishable by death in other countries..,” said Judge Sithole.
“In other countries in Africa they take you to the beach and get a firing squad to fire on you.”
Judge Sithole said that during the trial period, he has taken a lot of things into consideration especially the fact that she was involved in a possessive and abusive relationship with the rapper Flabba.
The Judge also took into consideration the fact that Manqele had never been convicted before, she performed CPR on the deceased during the incident to tried to revive him and above all, she is a good candidate for rehabilitation.
The defence called in three professionals as witnesses to testify on assessment they carried out on Manqele. The witnesses included a psychologist, a criminologist and a probation officer.
26-year-old Manqele stabbed her 37-year-old boyfriend Flabba in the chest on March 9 last year in his home in Alexandra‚ Johannesburg. Flabba Habedi was a member of hip-hop group Skwatta Kamp
Judge Sithole said that Manqele cannot be granted parole until she has served eight years in prison to give her enough time to go through the rehabilitation programmes mapped out for her.