Police investigating Babes Wodumo assault - but stay mum on details

04 March 2019 - 16:51 By MATTHEW SAVIDES


Police have confirmed that they are investigating an assault on musician Babes Wodumo – but would not confirm whether she had opened the case herself.

National SAPS spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo told TimesLIVE on Monday afternoon that police had "opened an inquiry docket while we are waiting for Miss Wodumo to come forward".

TimesLIVE was told earlier in the afternoon that Wodumo – whose real name is Bongekile Simelane – had opened a case at a Durban police station. But Naidoo said he "would never confirm or deny" whether this had happened.

He said because of the nature of the incident – in which the victim was "beaten up by someone who appeared to be her boyfriend" – he could not provide any further information that might put her at risk.

"If we do obtain her statement, it will add to our investigation," said Naidoo.

The video of a man believed to be Babes' long-time boyfriend, musician Mampintsha, was apparently recorded live on her Instagram page during the early hours of Monday morning. The man can be seen slapping Babes several times.