Latest update on Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha. Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane is expected to break her silence on Tuesday at a media briefing after laying a criminal complaint of assault against her manager and boyfriend Mandla Maphumulo, more popularly known as Mampintsha.
Wodumo filed assault charges against Mampintsha at the Westville Police Staton in Durban. A video surfaced online which drew national outr
age and support for Simelane, which shows her being assaulted by Mampintsha.
The Simelane family spokesperson Sakhile Langa says that Wodumo will tell her story to South Africans today. “Babes Wodumo, the family and other stakeholders will present and be showing their support to the family.”
After the video went viral on Monday, there’s been speculation that it was a hoax that both Babes Wodumo and Mamphintsha participated in a campaign against gender-based violence. Langa has dismissed these allegations.
“Do not believe any other fake media statements that have been released before that Babes is OK and is not with Mampintsha. They’re not together.”
A media briefing is expected to be held at 10 am in Durban. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has opened an inquiry docket into the alleged assault of “Gqom Queen” Babes Wodumo after video footage emerged showing her partner Mampintsha allegedly assaulting her.
National Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said because of the public outrage and the evidence in the form of the video, the police decided to investigate the case.
“Because of the video and the social media activity that has been taking place, we decided to investigate the case and in order to justify an investigation, we opened an inquiry docket,” Naidoo told News24.
Naidoo added that, when Babes, real name Bongekile Simelane reports the case and submits a statement, that would, therefore, add value to the investigation.
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