WATCH | 'For two hours, I lay on his chest' — Babes Wodumo cries as she recalls Mampintsha's last moments

28 November 2023 - 08:25
By TshisaLIVE
Babes Wodumo shattered by Mampintsha's passing.
Image: Instagram/Babes Wodumo Babes Wodumo shattered by Mampintsha's passing.

Nearly a year after the passing of her husband Mampintsha, Babes Wodumo has recounted her last moments with him. 

Big Nuz member Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo died on December 24 after a minor stroke. Babes has been candid about her grief on social media. 

When the singer went live on Instagram recently, she struggled to hold back her tears as she recalled how she reacted after realising her husband was dead. 

“When I arrived [at the hospital] they had covered him with something white that had a zip,” she said. 

“I said to them ‘My man can’t breathe,’ they unzipped the bag. I was there, feeling like I was losing my mind. My sister was there, Icebolethu Funerals was also there. I slept for two hours ... For two hours I lay on his chest. After two hours, they took him. I left with them and I kept telling them ‘You’re hurting him’. I was not in the right state of mind. I kept looking for cameras, thinking it was all just a prank,” she said

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After the funeral, Babes had to face the reality her husband was dead, left to pick up the pieces alone now as a single mother to their two-year-old son. Babes' sister Nondumiso Simelane told TshisaLIVE the Wololo hit maker was struggling to come to terms with the death of her partner. 

“The sad thing is the bed is empty and she needs to take up more responsibilities. Babes is strong. What I like about her is she didn't change her character,” Nondumiso said. 

She said a grieving Babes catches herself calling out for her sweetheart.

Speaking at a memorial service for the star, Babes' father said the pair were meant to be together. 

“Babes, in this journey of music, was put into it by Mampintsha. He trained and taught her because Babes used to be a model here in eThekwini. Before I know it there goes Babes into music with Mampintsha. I will never forget him because he groomed my child to be the successful star she is today. He succeeded in doing that.”