Support is growing for Babes Wodumo, with many urging the local musician to lay a criminal complaint with the police against her boyfriend and fellow artist Mampintsha.
The musician, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, shared a video on her Instagram live feed late on Sunday night. In it, Mampintsha can be seen repeatedly slapping Simelane, who asks why he keeps hitting her.
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and others have urged the musician to take legal action.
It’s not the first time Mampitsha’s abuse of the artist has come under the spotlight.
Mthethwa has called on the public to also lay charges against Mampintsha.
“We must help those who need assistance of all of us, and actually commend and encourage women to come to the fore and report these things, so that the perpetrators of such heinous crimes are dealt with by society.”
The minister said on Twitter government would never tolerate gender-based violence.
“We’re 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.