Many remember Bongekile Simelane, known by the stage name Babes Wodumo from her alleged assault when she was reportedly beaten by Mampintsha, her boyfriend.
Many reports, including one from the BBC, expressed the anger of many South Africans after watching the singer get bashed on Instagram live sometime in March.
So you can imagine the outrage when it was revealed that she released a song with Mampintsha called “Khona iy’ngane kayndlini” (There are children in the house)
Notice anything weird about the title of the song? Yes, it’s the same thing she allegedly said while being assaulted by Mampintsha in the IG live video. This has of course upset fans who think they are being taken for a ride.
Even worse is Babes Wodumo and her reaction after a follower on Instagram called her out on it.
The commenter who posted below a post promoting an appearance on Babes’ page, expressed disappointment at Babes, stating that one would have thought that she would use her platform for more positive change.
The commenter said: “In a country and world with such a high rate of Gender Based Violence you are using your platform as a disservice to all the young women & elder victims of abuse. As a public figure you have the responsibility as a role model. You are doing no justice to the calls you sent out earlier this year – calls many responded to and were triggered by. What you have done is confusing and mocks many people who supported you as a survivor of abuse.”
Babes Wodumo responded in Zulu, posting: “ey sis naka izindaba zakho… uphume ezindabeni zabant ababili…” which can be roughly translated as saying ‘Mind your business and don’t butt into something concerning two people’
Rather disappointing that in a time where more and more people are finding the bravery to speak about abuse and stand against it, Babes Wodumo decides to do something like this.