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Near-suicide+Flabba case, Reality TV crash, solar power for informal settlements

Attempted suicide in Flabba murder case

Pic credit: Instagram @keflabba

EWN's Govan Whittles and Vumani Mkhize on this story: one of the first people on the scene of 38-year-old Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi’s murder told Eyewitness News his girlfriend tried to take her own life after allegedly stabbing him. Habedi died in his bedroom at his Alexandra home in the early hours of the morning and his girlfriend has since been arrested and charged with his murder. South Africa's hip hop community has been left reeling by his death, with Flabba being described as a “veteran and pioneer” for the music industry. Habedi’s brother Tshepang and cousin Luyanda tried to resuscitate the rapper moments after he’d been stabbed. Tshepang said his brother died from a single stab wound to the heart: “I tried to stop the blood from the wound. I called the ambulance; the ambulance came after a long time and confirmed he was dead.” Luyanda claimed when the accused realised the rapper was dying, she tried to take her own life: “She broke a bottle and she tried slitting her wrist.” The woman is being kept at the Alexandra Police Station.

[WATCH] Video of Habedi's loved ones at his home in Alexandra

Reality TV shoot ends in fatal crash

A helicopter in flames after crashing into another in Argentina. French sports stars were among those killed during the filming of a French reality TV series on 9 March 2015. Picture: AFP

This story by Reuters: ten people including champion sailor Florence Arthaud (57), Olympic gold medalist swimmer Camille Muffat (25) and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine (28) have been killed after two helicopters filming a reality television series crashed into each other in the rugged mountains of La Rioja province, local officials said: "The sudden death of our fellow French nationals is a cause of immense sadness," a statement from French President Francois Hollande's office in Paris said. It added that famed sailor Arthaud, and several members of the ALP TV production company involved in shooting the adventure show Dropped for TF1 were among the dead. Arthaud was one of the first women to carve a place for herself in the world of sailing and in 1990 secured the record for the fastest solitary crossing of the North Atlantic, according to her publisher's site. Argentina's official news agency Telam said one of the helicopters belonged to the provincial government and the other to organisers of a survival competition that had been held for three years near the village of Villa Castelli.

Informal settlements considered for solar tech

EWN's Masego Rahlaga on this story: Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo on Monday announced that solar powered technology would be introduced to informal settlements as soon as possible. Mamabolo said the provincial government was in talks with Eskom to ensure areas such as Thembelihle in Lenasia had proper access to electricity. This was revealed during a meeting with the executive mayors of protest-hit municipalities in Parktown on Monday. The MEC held a meeting amid service delivery protests in Bekkersdal, Thembelihle and Boiketlong over the past couple of weeks. He outlined that the supply of electricity to these areas would not be free and encouraged community members to pay a fee: “Our country works on the principle of user pay so where services have to be paid for, we must pay for them. Where people are unable to pay, they’ll come forward as indigents; they are registered and supported by government.”

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