Randburg Magistrate's court. Sindiswe Manqele is accused of murdering the hip-hop star Nkululeko "Flaba" Habedi in his home in March of this year. Picture: Bhekikhaya Mabaso

Johannesburg - Skwatta Kamp rapper Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi chased his girlfriend around his bedroom and assaulted her while she was clutching a kitchen knife and trying to push him away.

Moments later, she turned the knife on him, and with a single fatal strike, ended his life in a bid to save her own.

Sindisiwe Manqele, through her lawyer Norman Makhubela, relayed this version of events about what had happened during the early morning of March 9, when she killed the rapper in his Alexandra home.

The business studies student has pleaded not guilty, saying she stabbed him in self-defence.

But on Thursday, State forensic pathologist Thandi Mahuluhulu, who was testifying in the high court sitting in Randburg, said she would accept Manqele’s version “with caution”.

The doctor testified that the rapper died as a result of a stab wound to the chest, near his heart.

The post-mortem she conducted showed that the knife had penetrated about 10cm into the rapper’s chest and that the upper layer of his skin was removed from the impact of the handle of the knife.

She said the stab wound was “consistent with a considerable force” and that it entered Habedi’s chest from the left side and moved to the right.

Mahuluhulu testified that besides the single stab wound, there were no other injuries she noted on the rapper’s body, although his ribs were “definitely cut by a sharp object”.

But the defence argued that the force of Habedi leaning forward and Manqele thrusting the knife had an effect on the extent of the rapper’s wound.

Mahuluhulu said Manqele’s version of events was “possible but not probable” to have caused Habedi’s stab wound.

She told the court that Manqele sustained an upright vertical wound above her belly button, suggesting that she also sustained an injury from the knife during the altercation.

Mahuluhulu admitted, though, that there was a possibility that the sharp part of the knife could have caused Manqele’s wound on her abdomen.

Makhubela added that Manqele sustained “fingertip bruises” on her upper arm, which occurred when the rapper gripped her firmly and shook her inside the bedroom in a bid to prevent her from leaving the room.

Mahuluhulu said a fingerprint bruise usually left an oval or round tip marking on a person.

Makhubela argued that Manqele also had bruises on her wrists, which were also caused during the altercation with the rapper.

On Wednesday, the rapper’s friend Nkululeko Chauke testified that the couple were fighting at a nightclub in Sandton the evening before he was killed.

He told the court that Manqele was jealous because she thought that Habedi was flirting with other women, including his ex-girlfriend.

But the defence claims that the rapper was in fact the jealous one, and attacked Manqele when he spotted another man speaking to her at the club.

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