A South African musician Mandla ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumulo has been arrested after social media outrage followed a viral video that showed him beating his partner (babes wodumo), another musician.
An instagram post from the handle of his partner, Babes Wodumo, showed an angry Mampintsha repeatedly slapping her whiles sternly issuing warnings. The said video has since been deleted.
South Africans took to especially Twitter calling for justice for the assaulted entertainer, Babes Wodumo. The government and opposition united in the call for action to be taken.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) joined the calls for Mampintsha’s arrest, saying it will go a long way in tackling the chronic issue of domestic violence in the country.
Babes Wodumo, whose real name is Sakhile Mhlonishwa Langa, said she was traumatized by the episode and had opened an assault case against her partner. This single action she took led to his arrest, but Shortly after his arrest, mapinstsha was granted R2,000 bail and released within five hours.
Babes Wodumo is currently receiving treatment at home. Her family said that she is “very emotional but stable” and is seeing a psychologist to help her cope.
In an unopposed bail application, Mampintsha was ordered to have no contact directly or indirectly with Babes.
The matter will be back in court on May 15.