Police are looking for Babes Wodumo

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SAPS would like to obtain an official statement from her regarding the case of alleged abuse.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is currently working to obtain the whereabouts of musician Babes Wodumo after a video of her allegedly being abused by her boyfriend and manager Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo went viral.

According to a statement issued by that SAPS national commissioner General Khehla John Sitole, police have been ordered to trace the whereabouts of Wodumo (real name Bongekile Simelane) so that a statement can be obtained from her and a case opened if it is indeed her that is being assaulted in the video.

“A senior member from the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit has been dedicated to investigate this case, which will be overseen by a major general who is the national head of the same unit,” read the statement.

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“Crimes against women, children and people with disabilities is one of the priorities of the South African Police Service. Therefore, we will do everything to ensure that justice prevails when such incidents are reported to us,” said Sitole in the statement before pleading with Wodumo to register a case at a police station nearest to her.


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Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha during the 23rd annual South African Music Awards ceremony at Sun City on May 27 2017 in Rustenburg. 
Image: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Veli Nhlapo

The EFF in KwaZulu-Natal says it intends to open a case with police to investigate footage of musician Mampintsha which appears to show him assaulting his long-term girlfriend and fellow musician, Babes Wodumo.

The party issued a statement in which it said a charge would be laid by its chairperson, Vusi Khoza, in Umlazi on Monday.

The EFF’s quest to open a case against the kwaito star comes after a clip purporting to show him beating Wodumo  was broadcast on her Instagram Live feed. It went viral in the early hours of Monday.

Neither the pair nor their managers have responded to requests for comment. While some are urging the singer to open a criminal case, other social media commentators are questioning whether it was a publicity stunt.

The purported assault has been widely condemned, including by Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, who called for an effective police investigation into the clip.

Speaking in Pretoria on Monday, he said: “I stand as a man in South Africa who’s a husband of one wife and a (father) of a daughter … You don’t touch my daughter like that.”

The ANC Youth League in eThekwini said it was shocked and outraged by the video and encouraged Wodumo to open a criminal case.

“… We assure her of our full support and protection from any form of intimidation,” the movement said in a statement.

The ANCYL also proposed a change to laws regulating gender-based violence and assault.

“South Africa has an alarming and growing number of gender-based violence cases, some reported and some not. The ANCYL calls for swift action, which will include jail time for perpetrators of gender-based violence …

“On the same note, the ANCYL calls for changes to the laws governing assaults and abuses to allow the state to lay criminal charges against anyone who commits this crime. We believe that when there is clear evidence against a perpetrator, the state should not have to rely on the victim to ensure justice, the state must be empowered by law to act in the interest of justice.”