Bongekile Simelane, otherwise known popularly as Babes Wodumo, was accompanied by her newly-appointed manager and sibling, Nondumiso Simelane, as she made her way to the Durban magistrate’s court bench to face the judge on the ongoing assault charge that was laid against her in March.
Why is Babes Wodumo in court?
On the same day that the country was shaken by the Instagram Live feed of the Gqom superstar, which showed her former partner and manager Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo physically attacking her, a victim claimed that she was assaulted by Babes, her sister and Thobeka “Tipcee” Ndaba.
According to the victim, the altercation took place at a guesthouse in Umbilo, Durban, around the same time it was presumed that the Gqom superstar was recovering from the wounds she’d incurred in her fight with Mampintsha earlier that day.
Why did Babes miss her court appearance?
Babes was supposed to appear before the magistrate on Friday, 5 April, but never did. This prompted the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to issue a warrant for the musician’s arrest for failure to appear before the court.
When her manager was contacted by Tshisa Live to find out why Babes had missed her court appearance, Nondumiso chalked it up to a performance that worn the musician out the night before and car troubles.
“We actually had a gig last night so unfortunately, we couldn’t make it, because we had car troubles and so on,” she said.
Interestingly, Babes was booked as a headliner for AKA’s Megacy over Everything tour that stopped by in Durban on the evening of her court appearance. She made it there on time and delivered a stellar performance.
— MTV Base South (@MTVBaseSouth) April 5, 2019
After a weekend of gigging, Babes finally made her appearance before the magistrate on Monday. The court has yet to decide on how to act on Babes’ transgressions.
Kwaito star Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Smelane appearing at the Durban Magistrate’s court for an assault charge pic.twitter.com/ewQGpifITu
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DA criticises NPA for
handling of ANC cases
The DA’s Refiloe Ntsekhe has criticised the NPA’s swift action against Babes in comparison with how ANC secretary-general, Ace Magashule’s affairs have been handled.
“ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, has this past week been implicated in fresh allegations related to corruption and looting during his tenure as Free State Premier.
“Magashule also faces allegations of manipulating a tender process on a housing project worth R150 million in favour of a company linked to his daughter. However, he is yet to face any criminal prosecution from the National Prosecution Authority (NPA),” Ntsekhe said.
The opposition party’s national spokesperson criticised the prosecuting authority for moving more sluggishly when it came to the ANC.