COURT WRAP: DJ Donald Duck and Flabba Murder Case
Since the hugely publicized murder case involving convicted athlete Oscar Pistorius – South Africa has been gripped by two other cases of intimate partner killings involving local celebrities.
I have been closely following the cases of popular community radio host Donald Sebolai accused of killing his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala; as well as the murder trial of Sindisiwe Manqelele – the girlfriend of slain hip hop artist Nkululeko ‘Flabba’ Habedi.
Both of these cases share similar themes as both the accused claim to have been involved in a loving relationship with their late partners. They also claim that their lovers were killed by ‘accident’.
News coverage of these two cases is a far cry from the massive media attention that followed the Pistorius trial, but when news broke of the killings and circumstances surrounding the murders – the details carried in the media sparked a huge public reaction – causing shock and outrage.
Donald Sebolai rose to fame with his hit weekly gospel show, creating a huge following of listeners who professed to getting encouraged by topics involving social upliftment.
Sebolai said he he was passionate about woman and children’s issues and also expressed that he is an advocate against abuse.
However, the popular DJ shocked many people who packed the South Gauteng High Court in Palm Ridge when he admitted that he finds ‘nothing wrong with beating a woman to get her in line’.
This also shocked the family of his slain girlfriend…
The family expressed deep sadness, saying it was odd that the DJ spoke against women and child abuse and yet found nothing wrong with the beatings.
They also claim he lied to the court about his relationship with Tshabalala – saying he was the abuser.
The family insist that the accused is not telling the truth about how their daughter was killed.
The DJ had said that his lover got stabbed as they fought for a knife after she had tried to stab him.
While I sat in the court and listened to detail after detail about the events leading to and after the killing – it was clear to me that the case was taking a toll not just on the victim’s family, but on Sebolai too – who looked exhausted by the trial that has lasted more than a month.
He seemed relieved after concluding his case.
Sebolai appeared confident that the court will find his story true and subsequently acquit him of the murder charge
The case has since been postponed for Judgement on 6 October.
Fast forward – I find myself dealing with the other case involving the murder of rapper ‘Flabba’.
The award winning artist was undoubtedly on the path of making a prolific comeback in the music industry with the pending release of his much awaited album ‘Nay Inkinga’, before his untimely death on 29 March.
His girlfriend, Sindisiwe Manqele who studied in Ireland, proclaimed her undying love for the rapper – who she accused of cheating on her with several women.
Manqele told the court that although she was angered by her boyfriend’s cheating ways after discovering a trail of text messages from other woman on his phone – She still loved him and they had managed to ‘patch things up’ .
Manqele who appeared nervous and confused during her testimony claims she was never jealous of the rapper getting attention from female fans.
She dismissed suggestions by the States’ prosecutor that it was this jealousy that caused her to stab and kill her lover.
Instead Manqele is arguing self-defence and claims she was attacked with a knife, much like the story of the case involving Jozi FM DJ ‘Donald Duck’.
The petite student, who has kept her face hidden with a scarf during proceedings in her murder trial, shocked the public gallery when she admitted to ‘intentionally’ stabbing Flabba.
She said she only wanted to ‘hurt him’ and tried get away from him during the attack at the rappers Alexandra house.
The case has since taken a break until 16 October to allow Manqele’s defence team more time to prepare its other witnesses.