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Mampintsha has Been Arrested for Assaulting South African Artist Babes Wodumo

Mampintsha was seen beating Babes Wodumo on Instagram Live.

Babes Wodumo, real name Bongekile Simelane, filed assault charges yesterday against Mampintsha, real name Mandla Maphumulo, after he beat her and the assault was recorded on Instagram Live. Babes is currently in hospital receiving treatment.


According the the national police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo: "The suspect in the Babes Wodumo assault case has been arrested and is currently in police custody."

Mampintsha's abuse of Babes Wodumo has been known to the public since last year after being exposed in a controversial radio interview by host Masechaba Ndlovu. Mampintsha, who is supposedly retired from music, was a part of the South African kwaito group Big Nuz.

South Africans were outraged following the viral video of him assaulting Babes Wodumo and demanded that he be arrested. This particular incident has again brought to the fore the conversation around abusive male South African artists and how their actions often go unchecked.

READ: Op-Ed: South Africans Are Fine With Muting R Kelly But Not Their Own Problematic Male Artists

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

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