UPDATE: Police open inquiry docket after Babes Wodumo assault video
A video surfaced online showing her being assaulted by her boyfriend Mandla 'Mamphintsha' Maphumulo.
JOHANNESBURG - Police say an inquiry docket has been opened after a video surfaced online showing artist Bongekile Simelane being assaulted by her boyfriend Mandla 'Mamphintsha' Maphumulo.
Simelane, popularly known as Babes Wodumo, said she would release a statement later on Monday regarding the video which appeared on her Instagram earlier in the day.
However, the police's spokesperson Vish Naidoo said they're investigating the matter.
“We have opened what is called an inquiry docket and we haven’t received any statement from a witness or victim herself to warrant an investigation. The national commissioner has ordered that we be dedicated to this case.”
Naidoo said they're encouraging Babes Wodumo to come forward.
In a tweet she posted on Monday, Simelane said she's not able to give interviews for now as she was still emotional about the situation.
Greetings— Bongekile simelane (@BABESWODUMO) March 4, 2019
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
Police say they are looking into the authenticity of the video.
The video has sparked outrage with government officials, South Africans and celebrities calling on the artist to lay criminal complaints against Mamphintsha.
#ArrestMampintsha , that's the only way of stopping #Mampintsha from continuing with his abuse of #BabesWodumo . If he is not arrested soon he will definitely kill her . #StopWomenAbuse #StopViolenceAgainstWomen #'StopMampintsha .— Jackson Mthembu (@JacksonMthembu_) March 4, 2019
Imagine getting so abused like clockwork that you’re like “it’s gonna happen anytime now so lemme put my IG on live “ WTF ?!!#ArrestMampintshaNow— Bonnie Mbuli (@BonnieMbuli) March 4, 2019
POLITICAL PARTIES CALL FOR ACTION AGAINST MAMPINTSHA
Political parties have also reacted to the assault video.
The ANC in Gauteng’s Tasneen Motara has reacted to the Babes Wodumo assault video, saying the party doesn’t want to see another woman die at the hands of her intimate partner.
“Things get worse over time and in the worst-case scenario, you end up with dead partners and we wouldn’t want this situation for Babes or anyone in her situation.”
The DA's Solly Malatsi said police must act swiftly: “We hope that the South African Police Service and the criminal justice system will take strong action against Mampintsha.”
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters’ Vusi Khoza said they've laid a criminal complaint of assault against Mamphintsha.
“We must protect women and expose abuse whenever it takes place irrespective of who the perpetrator or victim is.”
The duo's music industry friend DJ Tira has also released a statement speaking against violence against women.
Statement by DJ Tira pic.twitter.com/03sYhdjpWp— Makoya Van Best (@DJTira) March 4, 2019
(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)