Now alleged assailant lays assault charge against Babes Wodumo

05 March 2019 - 15:00 By Kgothatso Madisa
Mampintsha's legal representative Pat Magwaza outside the Westville police station in Durban.
Mampintsha's legal representative Pat Magwaza outside the Westville police station in Durban.
Image: Screengrab/eNCA

Events in the Babes Wodumo assault case have taken an unexpected turn, as the alleged perpetrator has laid a counter-charge.

The man's legal representative, Pat Magwaza, told eNCA outside the Westville police station - where the suspect is being held - that he had laid a counter-charge of assault against his girlfriend Bongekile Simelane, popularly known as Babes Wodumo.

"He had to come here [to the police station] as well to open a case against Bongekile Simelane. Luckily on the day of the incident he came here in the early hours of the morning, around 7am to 8am, and then wrote a statement, which we found even today,” Magwaza said on Tuesday.

The alleged perpetrator is expected to appear at the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after Wodumo laid an assault against him on Monday.

The assault was captured on a video clip making rounds on social media showing the man repeatedly slapping Wodumo in a room.

"He was assaulted, so he has opened a charge of assault against Bongekile Simelane. From what I’ve heard from him, yes it was before the video because he was then defending himself when the video was made," Magwaza said during the eNCA interview.

Magwaza also denied claims that his client had been in hiding, saying he had handed himself in.


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