Mampintsha responds to Babes Wodumo abuse allegations
Cape Town - Mampintsha said he may have "overreacted in a couple of incidents" during his relationship with long-time partner Babes Wodumo, but was not comfortable discussing it in the public domain.
Mampintsha sought to address the "public hysteria" on Saturday morning after claims that he physically abused Wodumo emerged on Friday sparking outrage on social media.
Wodumo, the self-proclaimed Queen of Gqom, revealed on Metro FM earlier on Friday that she had split with Mampintsha, a member of the award-winning Kwaito group Big Nuz.
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Babes Wodumo, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, also revealed to Masechaba Ndlovu and DJ Mo Flava that she had moved out of his Westville home and had gone back to her parents' home in Lamontville, a township south of Durban.
She was further pressed on her relationship with Mampintsha and at that point, Ndlovu delved into the abuse Wodumo allegedly suffered at the hands of the Kwaito star.
"... it's deeper than that and I can see it in your eyes that you're still suffering and I don't want you to continue suffering. Mampintsha has no right to put his hands on you, it's unacceptable."
Mo Flava then asked the starlet was she was doing about the alleged abuse, to which an emotional Babes responded: "I don't know".
Ndlovu then went on to make more revelations, explaining that she had a close friend who allegedly took Babes in 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."
An emotional Babes, who neither confirmed or denied the allegations, cryptically said God would fight her battles for her.
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On Saturday morning Mampintsha posted a statement on Facebook saying: "No man finds comfort in discussing his private affairs in the public domain. In particular his love affairs. It is out of respect for our supporters and the people of South Africa in general that i make a reaction to the public hysteria emanating from the interview on Metro FM in which Babes Wodumo was hosted
"This interview and the revealation that i have been physically abusing her unfortunately occurs amidst a public outcry on the increasing incidents of violence against women and many of which in recent months have led to the killing of women by their lovers.
"As a public figure and a man i should be at the fore front of the campaigns against gender based and domestic violence. I am no saint, nor do i plead absolute innocence in the claims made in that interview.
"I may have overeacted in a couple of incidents during our relationship with her over certain things i will not be comfortable to discuss in the public domain. I fully understand that no human being owns or is entitled to another and that every human being is at all times at liberty to take personal decisions, do what pleases him or her and persue a life of his or her choosing iregardless of any commitment he or she may have with another person or the implications and impact those may have on the other person.
"Many have correctly and understably took to social media platforms to vent their anger and dissapointed after the interview. I want to apologise to South Africa for the dissapointing you and discourage other men out there who may find themselves in my situation or different one that challenge your emotional stabillity and restrain.
"No man has any right or justificaction to abuse a woman in any form whatsoever. I know for sure that there are many such cases happening out there that do not get to be known because of the absence of the motive, forces and courage to get them known like mine. those too must stop. it would be great if the producers of that interview and other media outlets find equal interest and courage to research and broadcast all the women abuse cases out there whose perpetrators and victims are of no particular social standing.
"I want to assure South Africans, in particular our supporters that violence is not in my character, especially towards women. like a human being in a relationship i may have been overwhelmed by emotions and over reacted. 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. everything you hear and everything you see, nothing is what it seems. out of respect for the relationship we had and for the people who supported us, i have chosen to not discuss this matter beyond this statement. ngiyaxolisa mina.UNKULUNKULU ASISIZE LESKHATHI."