Babes Wodumo lays charge with police

More than 50% of women murdered in South Africa are killed by their intimate partner. The panel discusses this statistic in the context of the recently revealed evidence of abuse against prominent local musician, Bongekile Simelane or Babes Wodumo.

DURBAN - Performer Babes Wodumo has a laid a charge of assault against her boyfriend Mandla "Mampintsha" Maphumulo.

It comes after she posted a video showing Maphumulo physically attacking her.

It's caused widespread outrage.

Members of the ANC Women's League Young Women's Desk accompanied Wodumo to open a case of assault. 

READ: Arts Minister urges Babes Wodumo to take legal action

The case was opened at the Westville police station.

According to ANCWL YWD spokesperson, Bavelile Hlongwa, the case has been escalated to a provincial level of the SAPS.

The escalation came in response to reports from Simelane's father, Mbongeni Simelane, that reports made to the Westville police station were not taken seriously.

WATCH: Babes' father speaks out against Mampintsha

Hlongwa stated Simelane is not in a good mental or physical condition following the assault that was caught on camera after she broadcast it on her Instagram account.

Simelane propped up her camera in her bedroom just as Maphumulo started beating her.

The shock and fury quickly hit social media.

Babes Wodumo is expected to brief the media on Tuesday.


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