A video of gqom musician Babes Wodumo purportedly being physically abused by a man believed to be her long-term boyfriend, musician Mampintsha, has gone viral and has sparked widespread outrage among celebrities and the public.
A recording of the video clip which is believed to have been shared on Babes’ Instagram Stories, went viral on Twitter during the early hours of Monday morning. The video appears to show a man – believed to be Mampintsha – physically assaulting Babes.
Here is the statement:
We would like to thank everyone for the messages support about the early morning video. unfortunately Babes can't be able to have any interviews for now as she is still emotional about the situation. She will issue the statement on her social media platform later today
— Bongekile simelane (@BABESWODUMO) March 4, 2019
The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified by TshisaLIVE at the time of publication and several attempts to get comment from Babes and Mampintsha’s management proved futile.
In the video clips shared on Twitter, Babes can be heard swearing at the man, who responded by slapping her. The man then walked away before returning seconds later to hit her again.
The alleged abuse has sparked several trending hashtags on Twitter calling for Babes to lay criminal charges with police.