Babes Wodumo outcry: yes, you can open a case on behalf of a victim of abuse

05 March 2019 - 08:00 By Naledi Shange
Babes Wodumo was allegedly abused by her partner, Mampintsha.
Babes Wodumo was allegedly abused by her partner, Mampintsha.
Image: Instagram/Babes Wodumo

If a victim of physical abuse by a spouse or partner is too afraid or declines to open a case, despite there being evidence of the abuse, a third party is legally entitled to open a case on their behalf.

It’s the answer to a question that was asked repeatedly as a national outcry gathered steam on Monday over a video allegedly depicting musician Mandla Maphumulo, known as Mampintsha, assaulting his girlfriend Bongekile Simelane, known to fans as Babes Wodumo.

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