In her first social media upload since Sunday night, Bongekile Simelane posted a touching tribute to Mokoena, who was murdered by abusive ex-boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe in 2017.
Reflecting on her ordeal, she acknowledges that she could easily have faced the same fate as her friend if she had not made the decision to walk away.
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Captioning the Instagram post, she wrote: “I could have been the next!! This could have been you, your sister, your daughter, your niece… We are not victims but survivors.”
I could have been next!!This could have been you,your sister,your daughter,your niece…..We are not victims but survivors❤️ pic.twitter.com/gqP1dPjXb5
— Bongekile simelane (@BABESWODUMO) March 6, 2019
She ended the post with the hashtag #ImWalkingAway, hinting at the fact that she is cutting ties with her allegedly abusive partner, Big Nuz member Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo, once and for all.
Mampintsha was released on R2 000 bail on Tuesday after a live Instagram video stream showed him allegedly assaulting the Qgom queen. It wasn’t the first time that allegations of abuse have surfaced against him.
He has since laid counter-assault charges against Simelane, claiming that she has previously been abusive towards him and blamed it on her alleged drinking problem.
“If she could stop drinking, she would be alright,” Maphumolo said outside the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court, where he made his statement in isiZulu.
Maphumolo said Wodumo had “beat” him in front of his family and he had endured her abuse for far too long.
Referring to the video clip, Maphumolo said that when police arrived after the incident, Wadumo was so drunk that she wasn’t able to stand up on her own.
In his version, she allegedly woke him up by slapping him on the mouth with a hard flip-flop shoe, he said.
He accused Wadumo of entrapping him via the video by provoking him. He said he started out “just tapping” her, saying he did not slap her at first.
Wodumo was violent when she was drunk, not only to him, but to other people, he said.
He conceded that while he loved her immensely, even his own family was getting tired of dealing with the alleged abuse.