South African Singer Babes Wodumo BF Charged After Live Instagram Assault

by Kim Boateng Posted on March 6th, 2019

South African police said they had arrested and charged a musician on Tuesday after his pop-star lover Babes Wodumo broadcast live images on Instagram of him allegedly assaulting her.

After a public outcry, Mandla Maphumulo handed himself to the police in the Pinetown, a town on the outskirt of the southeastern city of Durban.

Maphumulo, whose stage name is “Mampintsha,” was charged with assault and taken to a magistrate’s court where he was granted 2,000 rand ($140) bail and ordered to return on May 15, police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo told AFP.

After his court appearance, Maphumulo told journalists that he was sorry for hitting Wodumo.

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But, he said, he had been acting in self-defence after she first assaulted him.

He said he had filed a counter-charge of assault against her.

“I have been enduring violence from her,” he said to reporters according to a clip on eNCA news channel.

The 24-year-old Wodumo, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, is a celebrated performer of gqom music which blends traditional African sounds with house music.

Maphumolo is a kwaito musician — a South African genre that bears similarity to hip-hop.

South Africa has among the highest rates of gender-based violence globally and the 38-second clip sparked a backlash from authorities, politicians and on social media.

The clip was subsequently deleted from her Instagram profile.

Image: The artist Babes Wodumo during the MAMA 2016, in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 22nd, 2016 Michelly Rall / MTV Africa Music Awards

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