- Babes Wodumo revealed on Metro FM on Friday afternoon that she had split from fiance, Kwaito star Mampintsha and had moved out of his Westville home amid allegations of abuse at his hands
- Fans have reacted in a variety of way, some not believing the abuse, others directing their anger at the broadcaster who brought the story to light
- Meanwhile, Kwaito musician Mampintsha started Saturday off by issuing apologies following claims he had abused his ex-fiance Babes Wodumo
Local celeb and songbird, Babes Wodumo spoke about how her former fiance, and musical collaborator, Mampintsha had posted on her Instagram account without her knowledge to make it appear they were still together despite having broken up.
Briefly.co.za gathers from reports that Babes, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane revealed that she had not only split from Mampintsha, but moved out of his home in Westville.
Kwaito star, Mampintsha, a member of the award winning Kwaito group Big Nuz issued an apology on Saturday morning through his facebook page after news of the split was widely discussed on social media after a radio interview Babes gave on Friday.
While Mampintsha didn't claim innocence, he did reject that their relationship could be described as an abusive one: “Where we come from with her, abusive wouldn't best define the nature of our journey. We wouldn't get this far. As for the accuracy of the abuse claims, the build-up to the interview, the motive and the timing....is a matter I will leave to fate to decide its fate,” he said in his lengthy post on Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, fans responded to the news with anger, some directed at Mampintsha, some at Babes herself and some even directing their wrath at Masechaba.
The radio talk show host was unapologetic about using her platform to ventilate the issue and even mention background information she was privy to but had previously not spoken about.
Masechaba explained that she had a close friend who allegedly took Babes in on the day Mampintsha punched her in the face, leaving her bleeding. "You don't even know that I know that story... you don't know that I know from someone else that he broke your leg. Babes we live in a country where women are getting killed... I'm happy you left that man."
In a video clips of the interview Babes is seen to be emotional, not speaking much at all, and even seeming uncomfortable about the attention.
Babes refused in the video to either confirm or deny the allegations, instead cryptically responding in her mother tongue of isiZulu said God would fight her battles for her. Babes’ father is a religious minister.
However, Babes did confirm that the relationship between her and Mampintsha is over. "We were engaged but not any more," said Babes.
Babes also explained why her former beau was able to post on her social media accounts.
“There are lots of things that happened. He sometimes posted on my Instagram account. He has access. When you love someone you give them everything,” she said.
Babes, who reportedly has started up her own record label and is working on a solo album, also said that despite her split form the Kwaito start, the two would continue to work together outside of the music industry, perhaps referring to a clothing line to two were collaborating on.
"I respect him, we work together. Things are sour at the moment,” said Babes acknowledging that it wasn’t easy to maintain the status quo.
Meanwhile, Twitter reacted to the revelations with a mixture of support for Babes and anger at those who put her on the spot without warning. Babes was reportedly caught off guard and when asked about the abuse said she didn't want to talk about it.
Some tweeps were not only shocked by the revelations, but felt the show’s hosts ‘ambushed’ the star when she was in studio to promote her new song‚ Ka Dazz.
Opinion was divided between people who said the radio show was just trying to get bigger ratings, and others saying they felt Masechaba did the right thing by trying to curb woman abuse in the country.
The radio interview was broadcast live and was also streamed live on Babes's Instagram Stories. In the video of the interview the singer is seen to be shaking and crying when confronted about the abuse.
Family members and friends who were in the studio with Babes are also seen to be consoling her. Some video footage of the star and the radio presenters speaking during the broadcast of a song also streamed live.
Babes's new manager Keke Mokoena announced shortly after the interview was aired that she was proud of Babes for speaking out. "Babes is going to be okay. I'm really proud of her. We're all shocked, said Mokoena who said the interview didn’t go to plan. “This was not part of the plan. We were there because we were dropping a song. It all just happened in the weirdest way."
According to reports by Sowetan Live, the radio show’s hosts MoFlava and Masechaba asked Babes about rumours of her pregnancy. To this, Babes answered that she was "free," denying speculations that she was still engaged to Mampintsha and pregnant with his child.
It was then that Babes said her ex had access to her social media accounts and had posted the picture despite their break-up to make it appear they were still together.
She said, in fact, she was already in a relationship with another man, but wouldn’t be drawn on the identity of her new flame.
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