Arrest Mampintsha, says KZN arts MEC as EFF lays charge

04 March 2019 - 12:59 By nivashni nair
Mampintsha and Babes Wodumo at an MTV Africa Music Awards function.
Mampintsha and Babes Wodumo at an MTV Africa Music Awards function.
Image: Via Babes Wodumo Instagram

KwaZulu-Natal arts, culture, sport and recreation MEC Bongi Sithole-Moloi on Monday called on police to arrest musician Mampintsha for allegedly assaulting gqom superstar Babes Wodumo.

“I’m very appalled by this attack on a woman. We call upon the South African Police Services to immediately arrest this perpetrator. I would like to also encourage Babes Wodumo to lay a charge of assault in order to allow the culprit to be subjected to the laws of the country,” she said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the EFF is at the Umlazi police station to lay a charge of assault against Mampintsha for the alleged incident.

EFF KZN chairperson Vusi Khoza arrived at the police station at 11am.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane was unable to confirm whether the case had been opened by noon.

Affectionately known to millions of her fans as the Queen of Gqom, Wodumo was seen in a recorded video being beaten multiple times, allegedly by her boyfriend, Mampintsha, after an altercation on Sunday night.

The video, which has gone viral, has kept social media abuzz, with thousands of people reprimanding Mampintsha for the alleged attack.

Sithole-Moloi said women abuse was the most prevalent violation of human rights.

She called on “the people of KwaZulu-Natal to stand up and condemn such a barbaric act which takes place during the human rights month”.  

While addressing media outside the Union Buildings on March 4 2019, DA leader Mmusi Maimane used the opportunity to condemn acts of domestic violence against women and children after a video surfaced showing Gqom star Babes Wodumo being assaulted, allegedly by her kwaito star partner, Mampintsha.