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South African Artist Babes Wodumo Has Been Hospitalized

Following her physical assault at the hands of her boyfriend, Mampintsha, the artist is currently in hospital.

Yesterday, Gqom Queen Babes Wodumo, real name Bongekile Simelane, filed assault charges against her boyfriend Mampintsha, real name Mandla Maphumulo. These charges follow Mampintsha having been seen beating Babes on Instagram Live.


Babes Wodumo was expected to attend a media briefing yesterday after having pressed charges against Mampintsha. However, the artist could not attend because she is currently receiving medical treatment according to her parents who attended the briefing on her behalf. They would not disclose the specific treatment Babes is receiving but asked that their daughter be given the requisite time to herself to heal.

Mampintsha has not handed himself in to the police and no arrests have been made as yet. However, according to IOL, Babes is expected to break her silence and talk about Mampintsha and her abuse via live feed.

Whilst Babes' abuse at the hands of Mampintsha has been known to the public since late last year, this particular incident has once again prompted conversation around how abusive male South African artists are never brought to book for their actions. They continue to produce music without so much as a dent to their sales or airplay on radio stations.

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

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The Year Is 2020 & the Future of Nigeria Is the Youth

We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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