DURBAN – Reverend Welcome Simelane, father to popular South African singer, Babes Wodumo this week threatened to take the law into his own hands if justice does not prevail, after a video of the Wololo hitmaker being physically assaulted, allegedly by her boyfriend and fellow musician, Mampintsha, went viral on Monday morning.
Video clips that were apparently recorded from Babes’ Instagram Stories showed the star being slapped several times by a man, alleged to be Mampintsha. The video has sparked widespread outrage with calls for Mampintsha to be arrested dominating the news and social media.
Simelane told local publication TshisaLIVE he was fuming after he saw the video.
“I’m sick and tired of him (Mampintsha) and I’ve reached a point where I want to take the law into my own hands,” the church minister is quoted as having said.
The clergyman made further threats against Mampintsha. He explained that he had spoken to Mampintsha’s father previously about the abuse in the hope that it would stop.
“I spoke to him on the previous assault and went to talk to his father so he stops the abuse. My daughter recorded the video because she saw that Mampintsha was going to kill her yesterday and whenever she tries to leave him, he threatens to kill himself.”
The distressed father recounted Babes’ Metro FM interview with Masechaba Ndlovu last May where she was confronted about the abuse and how things backfired on the radio personality. TshisaLive