Five must-read stories on Babes Wodumo and the video that shocked SA

05 March 2019 - 10:03 By Odwa Mjo
Babes Wodumo and long-time boyfriend Mampintsha.
Babes Wodumo and long-time boyfriend Mampintsha.
Image: Via Babes Wodumo Instagram

Gqom musician Babes Wodumo has dominated headlines after a live video which appears to show her being assaulted by boyfriend and fellow musician Mampintsha went viral on Monday.

Babes Wodumo captured the assault on her Instagram feed as the two exchanged words in an altercation before Mampintsha repeatedly hits her.

Fellow musicians, politicians, media personalities and the public rallied behind Babes Wodumo as many called for Mampintsha's arrest. 

Police have confirmed that they are investigating the incident but would not confirm if the musician has opened a case. 

Here a five stories on Babes Wodumo and the violent incident that shocked many and sparked much reaction on social media.

1. SA celebs weigh in

SA entertainers including the likes of Cassper Nyovest, Amanda Black, DJ Zinhle, Boity Thulo and Sizwe Dhlomo weighed in on the incident calling for Mampintsha to be brought to justice. 

2. Political parties have their say

The EFF in KwaZulu-Natal said they intended to lay a charge against Mampintsha, while KwaZulu-Natal arts, culture, sport and recreation MEC Bongi Sithole-Moloi called on police to arrest the musician.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane also called for an effective police investigation into the clip.

3. DJ Tira responds to backlash

Mampintsha's former label boss DJ Tira received much backlash on social media as many accused him of turning a blind eye on the matter.

DJ Tira released a statement expressing his devastation and that Babes Wodumo was safe and sound. 

4. SA is livid

In the wake of the violent video footage, South Africans rushed to social media calling for the arrest of Mampintsha and for his music and gigs to be boycotted. 

5. Babes urged to get out

Kwaito musician Mshoza spoke out on the matter urging Babes Wodumo to "get out before it's too late". 

"As for you Mampintsha, your career is over. You think we're scared of you? Leave Babes alone, she's a child. You shouldn't even be dating her."

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