The department of correctional services said Manqele was released on parole after serving a portion of her sentence.
The decision was taken by the correctional supervision and parole board after it assessed Manqele’s profile for parole consideration.
Correctional services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said Manqele’s parole placement was in line with section 73 of the Correctional Services Act, which determines the minimum period of sentence that must be served before consideration may be granted for possible parole.
Flabba’s brother Tshepang Habedi told Sowetan his family had forgiven Manqele.
“This was bound to happen. She is out. I have healed. I have accepted things a long time ago. I’m at peace with the whole thing. My mother, I presume, is also at peace with it. I spoke to her and she said there is nothing we can do. If we dwell on that we will be going backwards.
“We have forgiven her. That is the only way we could move on. If we had not forgiven her we wouldn’t move on. It was very hard, trust me, but we had a conversation as a family and made that decision,” he said.