SA outraged over Babes Wodumo’s abuse video

Babes Wodumo/ Instagram @babes.wodumo

South Africans have expressed outrage following a video showing local musician Mampintsha physically abusing his girlfriend and fellow musician, Babes Wodumo, over the weekend. We look at the reaction from other celebrities and what you need to do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

The attack was broadcasted by Babes, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, while streaming a video on Instagram on Sunday evening.

In the video, Mampintsha follows Babes into the bedroom and starts hitting her. Babes can be seen
crying, as Mampintsha continues to hit her.

Many people, including celebrities, have called for authorities to arrest Mampintsha.

“Mampintsha needs to be stopped. I hope they make an example out of him so every man knows that
hitting a woman is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. My heart breaks for Babes,” DJ Zinhle
tweeted.

Another celebrity who questioned whether police will help Babes Wodumo is Cassper Nyovest.

“I really wanna see what the cops are gonna do now that there’s hard evidence that the whole country
is watching. My guess is NOTHING. I have lost all confidence in our police and our justice system,”
Cassper Nyovest wrote on Twitter.

Minister of Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa called for Babes Wodumo to lay charges against
Mampintsha.

“We’re absolutely horrified by the actions of Musician Mampintsha @MampintshaNuz caught on video
where he brutally abuses Internationally celebrated Artist @BABESWODUMO. We do not only condemn
this senseless act but call on @BABESWODUMO to immediately press charges against him,” the minister
Tweeted. The EFF has also released a statement that it will be laying a charge against Mampintsha.

This is not the first time Mampintsha has been confronted about this.

During an interview on Metro FM, Masechaba Ndlovu confronted Babes about being abused by
Mampintsha.

“I have a very close friend of mine who took you in the day Mampintsha punched you in the face. And
you were bleeding from your nose. You don’t even know that I know that story. You don’t even know
that I know from someone else that he broke your leg. Babes, we live in a country where women are
getting killed left, right and centre. And quite frankly I’m prepared to deal with the BCCSA. Mampintsha, bring it on,” said Masechaba during the show.

Both Babes and Mampintsha denied the abuse claims.

How to leave an abusive relationship

Professional counsellor and founder of Lifecounsel, Gerrie Pretorius, says victims should get out of the
relationship while the abuser gets professional help.

“Talking about it is usually the first step in hearing yourself and better understanding your situation. At
times you have to get the authorities involved like the police or getting a restraining order. Find support
with family, church, friends or work friends, in case if you need a place to stay for some time to figure
things out,” says Gerrie.

There are many organisations and support groups for abused victims such as Lifecounsel, POWA (People
Opposing Women Abuse, ToughLove or TraumaSupportSA, get in touch with them today if you need
help.

POWA gives the following guide:

  • Ask family or friends for support
  • • Go for counselling for yourself or couple counselling
    • Lay a charge of assault with the police
    • Get a Domestic Violence Protection Order at the local Magistrate’s Court
    • Call a family meeting
    • Ask a supportive religious leader to intervene
    • Move out temporarily
    • Make plans to go: arrange housing, set money aside, seek employment, pack essentials
    • Get a divorce
    • Go to a shelter
    • Contact a women’s organisation for help, support and legal advice if you need more information
    about any of these options.

READ: The celebrities who are fighting back against sexual abuse

Image courtesy of Instagram: @babes.wodumo