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Babes Wodumo Features in the Music Video of the Song Referencing her Alleged Assault

Her fans are confused with some even wondering if the viral clip of her alleged abuse by Mampintsha was possibly staged.

Earlier today, South African artist DJ Tira and embattled musician Mampintsha dropped the music video for their song "Khona Ingane Lay'ndlini" which roughly translates to "behave, there are kids in the house". These are the words that were heard in the video clip where Mampintsha was allegedly seen beating Babes Wodumo.

Whilst South Africans were outraged that DJ Tira would even produce a song with Mampintsha that refers to his alleged abuse of Babes Wodumo, they've been left dumbfounded by Babes' own appearance in the music video.


After Babes was allegedly assaulted by Mampintsha a few months ago on Instagram Live, the country rallied behind her. They praised her bravery for having finally exposed the alleged abuse that had been rife in her relationship with Mampintsha. Calls to boycott his music and the music of those working with him were made.

However, after Babes was seen performing "Khona Ingane Lay'ndlini", fans were confused as to why she'd endorse a song that referenced and even made fun of her alleged abuse. Babes' team issued a statement saying (and unconvincingly so) that the gqom artist was simply "mocking" both Mampintsha and the song.

READ: Here's the Latest on South African Artist Babes Wodumo's Assault Case

Now that she actually features in the music video, South Africans are divided. Some have already 'cancelled' both Babes and Mampintsha while others have suggested that the viral clip of her alleged abuse was staged entirely.


Others have repeated that this is what the psychological grip of abuse looks like and exactly why we refer to abuse as being a cycle. Women who are abused go back to their abusers numerous times.

Babes is yet to issue a statement about the music video.




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