THE girlfriend of hip hop star Flabba convicted of murdering him was today sentenced to 12 years in jail.
Judge Solly Sithole told Sindisiwe Manqele, the girlfriend of Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi, in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge: "It is my duty to give you an appropriate sentence for the crime you are convicted of. Society expects me to do that and I took an oath to do that and I am going to do that." Manqel sat in the dock with one of her hands cupping her face. She was wearing a pair of blue jeans, a purple turtle-neck jersey and black jacket. She had a red scarf with flowers wrapped around her head as she tried to shield her face from the media.
"When I show you mercy, it does not mean that you are smart or clever and the court is stupid. I show you mercy because mercy is part of justice in itself," said Sithole.
Sithole also said she was the victim of mutual jealousy.
She was a first offender and stood a good chance of being rehabilitated.
He said in other countries, a crime like this was punishable by death.
"It's a very serious offence in every language... It is so serious that I cannot think of another crime more serious than that... except for treason," he said.
"If you take the life of another person, you get punished for that. Whether it be the life of a child, a lover... That is not acceptable in any society.".
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