South Africans awoke to disturbing news of a viral video that had done the rounds overnight, allegedly depicting Mampitsha abusing his partner Gqom queen Babes Wodumo.
Mthethwa didn’t mince his words in a tweet on Monday morning expressing his outrage over the video.
“We are absolutely horrified by the actions of musician Mampintsha caught on video, where he brutally abuses internationally celebrated artist Babes Wodumo. We do not only condemn this senseless act, but call on Babes Wodumo to immediately press charges against him,” Mthethwa tweeted.
2. @GovernmentZA will never tolerate gender-based violence. It is informed by a twisted logic of patriarchal power relations in society. We call on all South Africans to isolate the perpetrators & to fight & defeat gender-based violence with the same zeal as when we fought racism pic.twitter.com/EXIE61sajg
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) March 4, 2019
It remains unclear at this stage what caused the altercation, but Wodumo posted a live Instagram video broadcasting the alleged abuse.
This is not the first time Mampitsha has been accused of laying a hand on Wodumo.
Last year, allegations of abuse first emerged during a radio interview with Metro FM’s Masechaba Ndlovu. The pair enjoyed a tumultuous relationship that involved breaking up and getting back together.
The pair are understood to be living together in Westville, Durban.
Mampintsha has never publicly owned up to the allegations, but he has alluded to the fact that he may have “overreacted” on a couple of occasions.
Twitter users were overwhelmingly in support of Wodumo and Mthethwa’s calls for justice to be served.
Guys. Lets not lose focus. Mampintsha must be arrested and we need to support Babes.
— #MeetingYourPower #ERAbyDJZinhle #ZeeNation (@DJZinhle) March 4, 2019
I’m equally horrified but comforted that in @GovernmentZA South African Women have an ally in my favourite Minister @NathiMthethwaSA thank you Minister for condemning Mampintsha without mincing your words. https://t.co/rJyw0YsFFN
— Thandi Zondi (@IbrahimZondi) March 4, 2019
Another man looking for excuses why another man can’t actually be guilty. Another man looking to make less of a black woman’s plight. Another man making less of something real. Another man showing up when a trash can is in sight… https://t.co/6YZ23CMgtF
— Relebogile Mabotja (@RelebogileM) March 4, 2019
Can we please not have any radio station inviting Mampintsha for “his side of the story”. He can share his side on a prison community radio station.
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— #BAKAE OUT NOW (@Boity) March 4, 2019
I’m not exactly sure what the law says, but can’t @SAPoliceService arrest Mampintsha first just because a crime was committed and there’s proof, even if Babes hasn’t pressed charges? Babes needs support to know we have her back, I hope she presses charges and leaves,And heals.
— #ThandwaNdim (@AmandaBlackSA) March 4, 2019