South Africa’s week started with a bang, screams and violent drama when Babes Wodumo filmed herself being assaulted by her boyfriend, Mandla Maphumulo, who is better known as Mampintsha. Bongekile Simelane, the gqom star from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal streamed the despicable act live on Instragram. She has since taken down the video from her feed but on Monday morning, South Africans woke up with up with the beautiful Babe, being made a punching bag. Maphumulo’s boxing ring seemed to be in a private space, probably their bedroom. However, her father, Reverend Mbongeni Simelane has said Maphumulo was not afraid to beat up Babes in front of her family and that has made her brother cry, when he witnessed the act. It does prod one to think, why didn’t the family ever intervene or protect her?
Well, Babes did not wait for holy intervention. Instead, she finally found courage to speak her truth, even if it’s in a form of a video and filmed the saga live. She was finding strength in exposing the lie she was leaving, a sexy and successful dancer and musician by entertainer’s hours and a punch bag during relationship moments.
Twitterazi went ablaze and politicians snorted, shouting from the rooftops, how they wanted Mampintsha arrested and punished for his deeds. Indeed, but the law at the Pinetown Magistrate’s court released him on bail of two thousand rand. Mampitsha, who has been accused of abusing Babes before, but always denied it afterwards, did not change His Story. He blamed Babes for his quick fist and said she abused him too.
Babes’ lived sad experience is intertwined with the commemoration of International Women’s Day on Friday. The world celebrates the day under the theme “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” The day is supposed to assess progress and challenges in the global project for gender empowerment and equality.
UNWOMEN Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka who was asked her view on the violent beating suffered by singer Babes had this to say:
“The case shows us that women who are successful, women who we would like to think have it all, face challenges in their private lives and that they need us to support them and that we need to make sure we encourage them to come out, we need to make sure that they don’t risk their lives and that law enforcement and the support system kick in as soon as possible. Again, due process, yes – but when something is on a video, it’s very difficult to say it didn’t happen.
Mlambo-Ngcuka says people who are commemorating this day are seeking solutions that are both simple and complex to meet the needs of women across the globe, particularly on social protection.
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