- The DA went to the Wodumo family home in KZN to show their support
- Hlanganani Gumbi stated that the family is experiencing some upheaval following Babes' drama with Mampintsha.
- The party hopes that their support will allow Babes and other victims of abuse to be confident in stepping forward
After having a discussion with the family, it has become abundantly clear to the Democratic Alliance (DA) that Mampintsha is finding every excuse in the book to discredit the victim.
The DA in KwaZulu-Natal was able to have a meeting with Bongekile Simelane, Babes' sister. They offered comfort and support to the family and reassured Simelane that the party stood by Babes after suffering through the ordeal.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the reason for the DA’s visit, according to Hlanganani Gumbi, was due to a video that went viral showing Mandla Maphumulo, known as Mampintsha, beating his partner, Babes Wodumo.
Gumbi of the DA stated that throughout the meeting it became apparent that Babes and her whole family were taking strain and were not in a good place, according to The Citizen. He also gathered that Mampintsha is going out of his way to discredit Babes and to destroy her character.
Gumbi went on to say that the party is hopeful that the support they are giving the victim will enable her to have the strength to get through this unpleasant ordeal she has had to endure.
The DA has called on all South Africans to support the family during this time of need.
The truth behind abuse is that, more often than not, the victims withdraw charges against their abuser because of lack of support or they lack trust in the criminal justice system. The time period is also a lengthy wait, Gumbi said.
It is purely for these reasons that the DA has called upon the South African Police Service and the courts to make use of this particular case as a platform to showcase the strength of the criminal justice system. This in turn will restore faith for millions of women who, on a daily basis, face abuse.
The DA is not the only political party to stand by Babes. After the video of Babes being assaulted went live on Instagram, the Economic Freedom Fighters opened a case against Mampintsha.
Since this, three women from Durban have opened cases of common assault against the 'Wololo' hitmaker.
Babes, along with three other women who were apparently involved in the same incident, has been accused of assaulting another woman. A video of Wodumo speaking to a group of people about the drama with Mampintsha was allegedly leaked by the woman who is instigating this new accusation.
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